Montoya happy at Inter: Barcelona didn't force me out

It has been reported that the right-back did not want to depart Camp Nou but he insists that he welcomed his move to San Siro

Martin Montoya has admitted that while he found it difficult to leave Barcelona, he was not sent to Inter against his will.

The Blaugrana youth academy product has arrived at San Siro on a two-year loan deal but the Nerazzurri retain the right to make the transfer permanent in 2017.

There have been reports that Montoya was happy in Catalunya and did not want to move to Milan but the right-back has dismissed the suggestion that he was forced out of the door at Camp Nou.

“The rumours that came out were untrue,” the Spaniard told reporters at his official unveiling as an Inter player on Wednesday.

“It was a little difficult to leave Barcelona, which has been my home for 15 years.

“But I’m here, fully convinced and happy. I want to play a lot and in the Inter jersey.

“I didn’t play so much last season at Barca and this didn’t please me.”

Montoya is confident that he can quickly nail down a regular berth in Roberto Mancini’s starting line-up, arguing that he will not need too much time to adapt to Serie A.

“Being in Milan and Italy, I don’t believe that it will be that different to La Liga,” he added.

“In Italy, there’s more attention to tactics but I believe that we will play the kind of offensive football we play in Spain.

“I’m inspired by fast and powerful players like Maicon and Dani Alves. I’m very offensive and I enjoy this kind of football.

“The competition for places will not be a problem for me. There were a lot of full-backs at Barca, too.

“The coach will watch training and the games, and then make the best choice for Inter.”

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