Eric Garcia served in Europe’s one of the most fecund youth academies La Masia from the age of seven before stepping into the City’s youth setup in the summer of 2017/18. The Spaniard’s performances in the youth level already made people to foresee him as our club’s future. He’s got such potential that even legendary Barcelona defender and former Spanish national team captain Carles Puyol snapped him to his agency before he turned sixteen.
Garcia’s performances saw him getting promoted to the club’s senior level this season and has been the central option alongside Laporte since restart.
But with only one year left on his contract, Manchester City are sweating his presence and are desperate for him to renew at the Etihiad. With fickleness over his renewal at Manchester, his boyhood club Barcelona are striving to take him back to Catalonia.
And according to Sport, the Spaniard is determined to return to Barcelona and is hopeful that the two clubs can find an agreement this summer.
City & Barcelona have agreed to refrain from any negotiations until after Champions League and its because Garcia is Pep’s favoured as of now, it’s likely that he’d start in City’s second leg against Real Madrid and could even face Barcelona in the semi-finals.
However, its ‘only a matter of time’ before he returns to Camp Nou and he hopes that the clubs would find an agreement or he’d rather wait until his contract expires next year and move on a free transfer then.
Sport explains that while Eric is ‘very grateful’ for everything City did for him, particularly how much first-team football he’s played, although he wish to return & play for Barcelona.
Although the Catlan club have made it clear that Garcia would have to fight for his place and something he is confident of with current options. Barcelona are ‘confident’ about getting the deal over the line and they believe Garcia is already at a high level but has room to grow and have offered him ‘great economic offer’ to tempt him for a move away from City.
Arrival of Nathan Ake means Eric Garcia would have to fight for his place at City as well and maybe his departure would fit both, him as well as the club, especially rather than risking losing him for nothing next year. Mind me, he is a big talent with much potential, it’d be hard watching him succeed away from Manchester City.