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Barcelona star’s comments could push Liverpool linked Montoya further towards exit

Liverpool have long been linked with a move for Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya.

Barcelona star Martin Montoya’s future at the club looks further in doubt after centre-back Marc Bartra admitted to enjoying his spell at right-back.

Since the arrival of Luis Enrique as boss in the summer, Spanish youngster Bartra has often switched from his natural centre-back position to cover Dani Alves at right-back instead of the natural fullback Montoya.

Montoya’s future with the club has long been in doubt after failing to nail down a regular first-team spot and he has in the past been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool.

The Reds have been lacking in strength in the fullback positions over the past 18 months and the current right-back slot is shared between the ageing Glen Johnson and Atletico Madrid loanee Javier Manquillo.

While loaded up in that area if the versatile Jon Flanagan is included as an option, the quality of Montoya could see boss Brendan Rodgers monitor his situation carefully with one eye on a future deal.

After recent reports suggested the 23-year-old is unhappy with his situation at the Nou Camp, his future has been pushed further into doubt following his teammate Bartra’s right-back revelation.

“It’s a position that I like,” admits Bartra to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo. “In younger categories I played there, and I once played there in the same line-up as boss Luis Enrique.”

Montoya could be available for transfer during the January transfer window, and a recent change in representatives could suggest that he’s actively looking to move on.

When commenting on the situation regarding his future, his current agent Juan de Dios Carrasco told reporters that scheduled talks with the club will commence in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s not true that Martin has given some sort of ultimatum. He is calm and focused on his work. We will decide his future after speaking to the club over the next couple of weeks.” He explained.

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