When Martin Montoya put pen to paper on a two-year loan deal at Inter Milan, it was a deal to suit all parties.
Barcelona had, for want of a better phrase, rid themselves of a player who was surplus to requirements. A player who, when given the chance to shine, had provided an acceptable level of competence but never managed to go above and beyond.
Ordinary has never cut it at Barca.
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The player, who had threatened in the previous two transfer windows via his agent to leave the club of his life, finally got his wish.
The terms of the deal may not have been the best, but he could start afresh and resurrect a fading career.
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A rejuvenated Inter side would have a young and hungry defender ready to give all for the cause.
There was just one problem to the entire deal, however.
Inter manager Roberto Mancini had never wanted to sign the player in the first place. Negotiations had been conducted and concluded entirely with sporting director Piero Ausilio.
Mancini has often been accused of being distant and rude to players and staff he doesn’t take a shine too.
By the end of pre-season Montoya was already out of his first XI and hasn’t been used once in Serie A since the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
Could it be argued that the Italian is putting a marker down and showing the directors and club as a whole who remains in charge of first team affairs?
Whether there is truth to that statement or not, the plain fact is that Montoya finds himself back in footballing limbo and his situation is now even worse than when he left Barca.
Moves are already being made to cancel the loan deal after just four months, the likelihood being Montoya will rejoin the Catalans in the January window.
When, not if, he arrives back at Barca’s Sant Joan Despi training centre, he will find that in order to assure himself of a regular slot in the side, he will not only need to dislodge Dani Alves now but also Douglas, Aleix Vidal and Sergi Roberto.
The latter has finally made a real name for himself, albeit not in the position that he had been recruited for.
Montoya will understand that his chances will be even more limited than previously and the only option open to him is another loan move elsewhere.
Premier League clubs were allegedly interested in his services during the summer, but the landscape is constantly changing.
By January, this most loyal of exponents could find himself without a club.
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