Montoya: I want to take Alves' place at Barcelona

The highly rated 22-year-old is seen as the natural successor to the marauding Brazilian, but the Spaniard feels he is ready to take his place in the starting line-up
Martin Montoya wants to oust Dani Alves from the Barcelona starting line-up and put himself in contention for Spain's World Cup squad this season.

Montoya, 22, is one of the Blaugrana's prized young assets and feels now is the time to make a push for regular first-team football.

"This season I expect to be fighting for a place in the side with Dani [Alves]," Montoya told

"I'm very happy with how I played last season and now I am hoping to play more regularly."

Montoya also discussed his hopes of becoming Spain's first-choice right back in time for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"It will be difficult because both [Alvaro] Arbeloa and [Cesar] Azpilicueta are already in the squad," he said.

"Hopefully by playing a lot of minutes for Barcelona I will have a chance of being picked. It would very nice to go the World Cup."

Although there has been speculation over the future of Montoya, with offers from Italy and Germany, he insists he is more than happy at Camp Nou.

He added: "I ignored those offers from other clubs. I am focused on continuing here."

Finally, the Spain Under-21 star gave his thoughts on Real Madrid signing his national team-mates Isco and Asier Illarramendi.

"I think it is good they are signings younger players who are not international regulars yet," he added.

"They will be very good additions for Real Madrid."