Full-back Martin Montoya has joined Valencia on a four-year deal after being released by Barcelona, the two clubs confirmed on Monday.
A graduate of Barça’s youth academy, Montoya made his first-team debut in 2011 but struggled to establish himself at the Camp Nou, making only 45 La Liga appearances for the Catalan giants in five seasons. He spent last season on loan at Inter Milan and Real Betis.
Despite rarely playing for Barcelona, Montoya managed to rack up quite a collection of silverware. He won three La Liga titles, two Copa Del Reys, a Spanish Super Cup as well as a UEFA Champions League at the Camp Nou.
A statement on the Valencia’s official website said:
“Valencia CF and Martín Montoya have reached an agreement for the player to join the club on a four-year deal.
“Montoya came up through Barcelona’s La Masia academy and debuted for the first team against Mallorca at the Iberostar Stadium.”
Last week Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez had said that Montoya could make a move to Valencia, but he was adamant that the possible move has no connection whatsoever with the transfer of Andre Gomes from Valencia to the Camp Nou.
peaking at a news conference after Gomes had been presented as a Barcelona player, Fernandez said:
“Andre Gomes move has nothing to do with any possible move of a Barca player to Valencia.
“We are talking about two Barca players, who have offers from many teams.”