Former Manchester City defender Eric Garcia comments on leaving the club
Garcia joined Manchester City from Barcelona academy in 2017, and at the age of 17 the Spain international made his debut for the club in a 2018 Carabao Cup quarter-final match against Leicester. City.
Throughout his time in the Northwest, Garcia made a total of 35 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, established himself as a reliable defender and ended the 2019/20 campaign as one of the defenders. the club’s first choice central alongside Aymeric Laporte.
However, Eric Garcia then sought to return to Catalonia and a year after refusing to sign a new deal with Manchester City, Garcia signed a free transfer for the boyhood club Barcelona.
Now 20, Garcia has spoken of his departure from Manchester City.
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In an interview with the Spanish media Mundo Deportivo, which was translated and relayed by Barca Center, Eric Garcia has opened up about his departure from Manchester City and his thoughts on his time at the club.
In the interview, Garcia states that at age 17, “With my family and my agent we decided the best thing was to go to Manchester“, and despite returning to Catalonia after four years at Manchester City, Garcia notes,”It was a good decision”To spend time with the Premier League club.
Garcia also noted that he had developed significantly under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, stating that Pep “taught me a lot, especially positionally, tactically, trying to read what’s going to happen before it happens”.
Eric Garcia established himself as a regular at the first team towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, but the young Catalan aspired to return to Barcelona and said he decided not to renew his contract at City because he “knew there was interest from Barca and made it clear that I didn’t want to renew because I wanted to come back”.
While he is likely disappointed with Garcia’s wish to leave the club, Garcia noted that “Guardiola understood my decision at all timesWhich is understandable given Guardiola’s status as a Barcelona icon, and Garcia also noted that he is “is very grateful to him”.
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Eric Garcia briefly established himself as a popular figure among Manchester City fans, usually because his performances were seen as superior to Nicolas Otamendi’s defensive output throughout the 2019/20 season.
However, when news surfaced that Garcia wanted to leave the club, his popularity quickly waned, although it was quite understandable why Garcia wanted to leave Manchester to play for his home club Barcelona.
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