Martin Montoya must be retained by Barcelona

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Barcelona have made some strange decisions in the recent past when it comes to transfers. Thomas Vermaelen's capture stunned even the medical staff at Camp Nou, but no matter, Andoni Zubizarreta still thought best.

Similarly with Douglas; a right-back capture from Brazilian side Sao Paulo. Even the locals were surprised when a club of Barca's stature had come calling, given that Douglas wasn't even a celebrated player in the Brazilian side.

One appearance between both Vermaelen and Douglas coming towards the end of November appears to suggest that the doubters in both cases were correct.

Now Luis Enrique has another conundrum to deal with. Martin Montoya has struggled to establish himself in the first team since the days of Pep Guardiola.

Fourth choice

An able, if steady, right back, he's certainly no worse than Douglas but has allegedly dropped down the pecking order behind the Brazilian and Adriano Correia, a left-back by trade.

Effectively, Montoya is looking at being fourth-choice for his natural position, Dani Alves the immovable rights holder at present. It's some turnaround for a player who only signed a new five year contract earlier in the year on the proviso that he would play more minutes than previously.

Now 23 years of age, it's imperative that he plays matches, but he must now accept that it's unlikely to be at Barcelona.

Luis Enrique - destroyer of dreams

The one person whom Montoya might have thought would have given him his big break, his old manager at Barca B, Enrique, is the person that will destroy his dreams.

There are however no shortage of takers. Inter Milan, Juventus and Liverpool are just three big name clubs who have been linked with acquiring Montoya's services. That surely must tell the Barca hierarchy something? Alves is likely to move on in the summer at the latest, a last big-money move of his career beckoning.

Montoya best qualified

Correia is getting no younger and therefore shouldn't really be considered for the role, and the Douglas transfer just makes no sense whatsoever.

Montoya offers a more defensive presence than Alves, and whilst the Catalans love their full backs to get forward and attack, surely there's some mileage in having your players do what they are paid to first and foremost.

If Montoya is allowed to depart without so much as a backward glance, it will be another blot on Zubizarreta's and Barcelona's copybook.

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