Barcelona coach slams agent over Liverpool linked Martin Montoya

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is not happy with the agent of Martin Montoya.

This week Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya saw his future at the club thrown into further doubt as his agent Juan de Dios Carrasco made it clear he wanted an exit.

He stated:

"From this point onwards, any interested clubs should contact Barcelona and negotiate a deal."

The full-back has been on the fringes at Barcelona for the past couple of seasons and has not been used by new manager Luis Enrique this campaign.

It is fair to say that Montoya is probably regretting signing a new deal at the club in March 2014, extending his stay until 2018.

Now he is set to leave, with Premier League interest from Liverpool and Everton being reported.

Liverpool in particular have struggled to bring in decent quality full-backs recently and with Glen Johnson leaving in the summer on a free transfer a new right-back is a priority.

But despite the comments of his agent Montoya's boss Enrique has slammed suggestions he is definitely off in January.

The Barcelona coach has been discussing the future of Montoya amid the recent claims, stating:

“The players have contracts and this sort of thing is spoken about within the club.

"I understand his situation, but he is the one who has to change it and I encourage him to do so. I don’t get involved in releases from agents, just the sporting side of things.”

Like Liverpool Barcelona's long-term right-back, Dani Alves, is set to leave in the summer so selling Montoya is not currently on the agenda of the Barcelona hierarchy.

So while Montoya may want a move, Barcelona are unlikely to sell him.

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