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Brighton defender Martin Montoya won't rule out Serie A return

Brighton defender Martin Montoya won't rule out a return to Serie A.

The 28 year-old had a year on-loan from Barcelona in Italy earlier in his career, though admits he didn't do himself justice during his time at Inter Milan.

Having spent his entire his senior career up until that 2015/16 campaign with Barca, Montoya admits the move to Inter was a culture shock and something he was unprepared for.

However, despite his problems, which centred on the fullback managing only a handful of appearances with the Nerazzurri, the city of Milan and the country itself, left a lasting positive impression on the former Spain U21 international.

He recalled to TMW, "I left Barcelona for the first time, I was just 24 years old and it was not easy to be far from home. In any case, I am really grateful to those who believed in me at Inter.

"It went how it went, but it was a honour and a real pleasure to get to know a country and a championship as evocative as Italy and the Serie A closely."

Indeed, so much was that positive impression that Montoya won't rule out anything in the future regarding a second shot at Serie A football.

He added: "In football, you know, anything is possible. I'd go back to playing in Italy."

However, for now, the defender insists he's happy on the south coast of England. Montoya was again in the starting line-up for the Seagulls' thumping win over Tottenham on Saturday.

And on Brighton, Montoya added: "I'm happy. The Premier is another great championship, very balanced and competitive. The goal for this season is to continue to enjoy this experience to the fullest, just as I have done since my arrival here last year."

- updated October 7

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