Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has revealed that he was sorry for reported Liverpool target Martin Montoya after the right-back admitted that he was looking to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window.
The 23-year-old came through Barcelona’s famed youth academy La Masia along with a host of other top-quality names but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.
Regular Brazilian international right-back Dani Alves opted to remain with the Catalan club in the summer and the signing of Douglas as cover has made Montoya’s position at the club untenable.
As a result, ahead of the January transfer window the Spanish U23 international has reportedly told the club that he is seeking a transfer.
Liverpool are seen as a possible destination among others such as Serie A duo Napoli and Inter, although the Anfield outfit do currently have a surplus of right-backs at their disposal.
Speaking on the situation ahead of Barcelona’s clash with Valencia, boss Luis Enrique admitted that he was sorry for Montoya as his actions in the summer ultimately paved the way for an imminent exit.
"He is an example to others as a player because of his professionalism,” the Barcelona boss told Spanish publication AS. “It is just a technical decision, and I could be wrong about it.
“I can only say to him that he doesn't give up, that he carries on working as well as he has been. And that he takes the positives from the situation to grow.
“I am sorry because I have had a great relationship with him for a long time now, but I am the coach and I have to make decisions."
Since making his debut under former boss Pep Guardiola, Montoya has gone on to represent the La Liga giants 56 times in all competitions.
This season he has been restricted to just one La Liga appearance, a game where he performed exceptionally well as he completed four interceptions and two effective clearances.