Eric Garcia was linked with FC Barcelona throughout the transfer window. But FC Barcelona failed to sign the Spanish defender in this window. There were multiple speculations with this failed transfer. But finally, Manchester City chief Omar Berrada cleared all the doubts in an interview.
Omar said, “He’s become a top young centre-back who Pep trust, and we feel that keeping him this season was worth more than what we were offered for him. We believe that he can add depth to the squad, and can be important in important games.”
“This is a season that is going to be very difficult for the players, physically and mentally. It’s very congested, there will be a lot of pressure to play many games both in terms of club competitions but all the international games that they have to play, so it is all very concentrated and congested.”
“We had a conversation with Barcelona about Eric Garcia. We were very clear what we felt his valuation was-they weren’t able or were willing to meet it, so our decision was to keep him. We think he’ll be important for us.”
Eric Garcia is a product of La Masia. He joined the Manchester City youth academy in 2017. He was promoted to the first team in 2018 and made his senior team debut in the EFL Cup quarter-final in 2018 against Leicester City.
The 19-year-old defender has become a regular starter after Aymeric Laporte suffered a serious knee injury last season.
Although Eric Garcia wanted to return to his boyhood club, FC Barcelona failed to sign him as they cannot match the asking price of Manchester City.
Will Barcelona go again for their target in January again? Time will tell.
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