Guardiola was my most important coach, says Montoya

Spain : Barcelona starlet Martin Montoya has stressed that Pep Guardiola is the most important coach he has worked with so far in his career.

The right-back was handed his first team debut by the 41-year-old in February 2011, and the departing coach has played a key role in Montoya`s promotion to the first team ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

"Guardiola has been the most important coach for me," Montoya said. "He gave me the chance and he was the one who decided that I would be part of the first team next season.

"I`m very happy to have been promoted. It makes me feel proud. I have played here for 12 years now, and I have never wanted to leave. Barca are the team of my dreams.”

"Training with the first team means working at a high rhythm, and always giving everything. You learn a lot in a short period of time."

The 21-year-old Montoya played 90 minutes during his side`s 3-0 Copa del Rey final victory over Athletic Bilbao on May 25.