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‘It pains me’ – Barca boss sympathetic towards Liverpool target

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has praised Martin Montoya’s attitude despite his wishes to leave the club.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has said that he is apologetic towards Liverpool target Martin Montoya’s situation at the club.

The 23-year-old full-back has reportedly asked to leave the club ahead of the January transfer window despite only signing a new deal in the summer.

His situation is complicated, and in some ways unfortunate as Brazilian full-back Dani Alves surprisingly remained at the club and Douglas was added in the summer, resulting in a surplus of right-backs.

The Reds have been long-time admirers of the Spanish U23 international and they will have been boosted by his agent’s comments revealing that he is 100% set on departing the Nou Camp in January.

When asked on the situation ahead of Barca’s weekend derby clash with Espanyol, boss Luis Enrique told Spanish paper AS he is sympathetic towards Montoya and it pains him to leave him out of the starting line-up.

“I know the player well and if it pains me to leave players out,” he explained. “You can imagine what it’s like for one who I know especially well. I can only but say positive things about this player.

“He’s been giving his all and he know that things can change in an instant. I don’t want to speculate on possible departures and we have to wait for the decision from the TAS."

The Merseysiders currently have a number of right-backs on their books at present, but the quality and youthfulness of Montoya can’t be ignored when weighing up their options.

Glen Johnson’s decline due to age is a telling factor, and should the Reds look beyond Jaier Manquillo’s loan spell there is certainly scope for a new signing in that area.

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