22 December 2011

[Barça B] Montoya: "I’ve fulfilled my desire"

The reserve team full-back, on the date of his contract renewal until 2014, said that he feels that Guardiola has a lot of confidence in him, and his desire has always been to stay at Barça.

He recalled his long career at Barça, where he’s been since he was 9 years old.

Martin Montoya is now a FC Barcelona player until June 2014. The defender signed his contract renewal on Wednesday afternoon. The event was attended by the President, Sandro Rosell, director, Jordi Mestre, sports director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and director of football, Raul Sanllehí, as well as the player's father and his agent. His buyout clause will be 12 million Euros until the end of this season, and 20 million for the next two.

Speaking to Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat , Montoya expressed his happiness to carry on at Barça: "My first wish had always been to renew my contract and that's been met. I'm very happy to have made a dream come true, a dream since my childhood. "I've been given my chance and hope to take advantage of it". At the same time, the defender acknowledged that Guardiola's work with the squad was crucial in his decision: "I feel that he has a lot of confidence in me, and without that it would be very difficult to get into the first team".

On a memorable day for him, he recalled his long career at Barça: "I came here when I was 9 years old, to play for Benjamin A. I've learned everything here, I grew up here. I've had lots of experiences, with the other players, some poor years ... I'm proud to have been able to overcome all these obstacles and make the jump to the first team, the best thing that can happen to anyone".

From now on, Montoya is very clear about his expectations: "I'm happy being in the B Team. I'm looking to try and move up the table, and prepare myself with the reserves, and maybe get the odd game more with the first team this season, and next year be ready to move into the first team squad. "The full-back is very prudent: "At the moment I don't think I'm ready to play all the games with the first team, I'll take it bit by bit, but I'm getting there". (via FCBarcelona.cat)