Tello, Montoya unsure of Barca future
Barcelona youngsters Cristian Tello and Martin Montoya have both admitted their futures may lie away from the Camp Nou.
The pair, who both won European Under-21 Championship medals with Spain last summer, have been heavily linked to transfers, with Liverpool believed to be among the clubs offering to give them regular first-team football.
Tello, currently sidelined with a minor ankle problem, has started just two games for Barca so far this campaign. The winger, now 22, suggested to AS that he would not wait too much longer to get his chance.
“I will wait and see how things go from here until the end of the season.” he said. “If I do not play as much as I would like, I will think about leaving.
“To take that step will be pretty difficult, but I believe each person must evaluate their own role. As the years pass you want your role to change and to have more minutes.”
Tello’s situation is complicated by the fact he signed a new contract with Barcelona last August, which runs until June 2018 and includes a buyout clause of 35 million euros.
Montoya, also 22, may prove a more attractive proposition to prospective suitors as his current deal ends next June, and big clubs including Liverpool, Inter Milan, Juventus, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly ready to pounce with offers to take him on a free transfer.
The Catalan right-back, currently covering for the injured Daniel Alves in the first team, was a bit more cautious in his comments.
“I have been playing for Barcelona for 14 years,” Montoya said. “I still have many months left [on my contract] and I hope much more than that. We will talk about it with the club, we are negotiating, but I keep to the side of things. I am young and what I want is to keep playing.”