Montoya heads to Valencia

Martin Montoya has joined Valencia after Barcelona agreed to terminate the contract of their youth-team product.

The 25-year-old defender played 66 games for Barca since making his debut in 2011 but was unable to nail down a first-team berth at the Nou Camp and spent time on loan at Inter Milan and Real Betis last term.

Barca have now given Montoya the green light to leave the Nou Camp and he has moved down the east coast of Spain to LaLiga rivals Valencia.

Los Che announced on their official website: “Valencia and Martin Montoya have reached an agreement for the player to join the club in a four-year deal.”

Former Spain Under-23 international Montoya, who had been with Barcelona since the age of eight, will be presented by Valencia on Tuesday morning.

A Barca statement added: “Barcelona and the player Martin Montoya have reached an agreement for the rescission of the contract between the two parties. Barcelona wish the player much luck and new success in the next stage of his career.”

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