Reported Liverpool target’s agent reaffirms his desire to leave Barcelona

Barcelona’s Martin Montoya allegedly wants to leave the club this month.

In an interview with Spanish publication Diario Sport, Barcelona defender Martin Montoya’s agent has revealed that his client still has intentions of leaving the club.

The Spanish fullback only signed a new contract in the summer, but his lack of playing time at the Nou Camp this season has seemingly prompted the player to seek an exit.

Last month, the Independent reported Liverpool’s interest in the player although the Reds then had competition for his signature according to his agent.

"He will leave the club in January. There are clubs interested from England, Italy and Germany,” Montoya’s agent Juan de Dios Carrasco was reported as saying by the Independent.

Over the past month, however, Montoya has been given more game-time by boss Luis Enrique and started two La Liga encounters plus the Copa Del Rey match on Thursday.

Whether this was the Catalans’ idea of trying to keep the player happy throughout the January transfer window remains to be seen, but their transfer embargo means they can’t really afford to lose anyone.

Nonetheless, Montoya’s agent Carrasco concedes that his client’s recent involvement in the first-team hasn’t altered his mind and that he still wishes to leave the club this month.

“He has played four matches since we last communicated, and we are glad. But we want to speak correspondingly, the situation hasn’t changed,” he explained to Diario Sport.

“We are awaiting the new sporting director of the club to be able to talk. The circumstances have changed, but Martin’s idea remains the same, he wants to leave.”

Liverpool currently have a number of fullbacks at the club, yet with Glen Johnson’s declining ability and Javier Manquillo only at Anfield on loan, perhaps a deal for Montoya would make sense.

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