Montoya eyes room to improve

Martin Montoya has denied that there is any frustration to not making his Spain debut this week, insisting he has a lot of work in front him first.

The Barcelona right-back was named in Vicente del Bosque’s experimental squad for the trip out to Panama this Wednesday, but was one of the only ones unused on the substitutes’ bench.

Whilst this is the third instance that the player has been named in the senior squad, he has denied expecting to play, instead reflecting that he believes he needs to improve further beforehand.

“I knew this was the case. It was a privilege to be there. I wish I had played a minute, but I’m young and I’m still working and waiting for opportunities,” commented the youngster today.

“We must focus on the present and continue working. I have only just begun in La Primera and more work is needed for me to remain a Barcelona player and within the Spain squad.”

Competition for a place in the Barca first team is with Brazil international full-back Dani Alves.

“We are two offensive players. Dani is very talented. I need to learn from him and try to be like him.

“There are many players in the reserves who may be working for a place in the first team. We are on a step, on a trampoline here.

“The first team players do not give me advice. In training I see the things I have to do and I learn from them that way.

“I have to learn a lot, clearly more than anything I am still lacking on a defensive level. With work I will improve over time.”

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