Barcelona defender regrets stupid Inter move

Happy with how his loan to Real Betis has panned out so far, Martin Montoya looks to have already ruled out any chance of repeating his Nerazzurri hell

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Currently on loan at Real Betis, Martin Montoya has reflected on his time at Inter, considering that it wasn’t the greatest career choice he’s ever made.

It isn’t the first time the Spaniard has come out criticising his stint at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, having already hit out at the club.

Since his January switch and return to Spain though, the 24-year-old has rediscovered his love of football after a difficult six months in Serie A.

“I feel vindicated for coming to Betis,” Montoya told Estadio Deportivo. “I’d left to get more playing time and the [Betis] coach has shown faith in me from the first day I arrived.

“It’s not easy to leave a team like Barcelona but when I did to go to Inter it was to get more playing time. It was a stupid decision [in hindsight] though.

“In Milan I had to adapt because of the language barrier and I left my family in Spain, but here in Betis it is much easier. I’m happy with my decision.”

epa05148134 Valencia FC's striker Alvaro Negredo (L) tries to score next to defender Martin Montoya (R) of Real Betis during their Primera Division soccer League match played at Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, Andalusia, Spain on 07 February 2016.  EPA/JOSE MANUEL VIDAL

Although he’s unsure of where his future lies, the Spanish full-back looks to have completely ruled out Inter as a potential option.

“What certain is that I will return to Catalonia in the summer,” Montoya explained. “Then I will speak with Betis, Barca and my agent and we’ll see what happens.

“I feel very appreciated as a footballer here [in Betis] and I believe Los Verdiblancos are the best option. There are already players in my position at Barcelona and trying another experience abroad could lead to the same issues.”

Montoya had only managed three league appearances for the Nerazzurri during his short-lived stint, while he’s already managed four since his return to La Liga.

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