As Manchester City goes through a perfect run, Pep Guardiola explained why one of his top players is going to Barcelona next season.
Pep Guardiola holds Eric Garcia in high esteem due to his past at Barcelona’s La Masia academy. Manchester City saw the opportunity to take him from there and they took it so he could start his career in England. But today, he doesn’t have a place at the club despite having Guardiola’s full confidence. Regardless of this situation, Eric Garcia already made up his mind to play at FC Barcelona starting next season. He hasn’t started playing there only due to the Catalan club’s delicate economic situation.
But even Pep Guardiola already knows that Eric’s burning wish is to represent the Blaugrana colors throughout his entire career if possible. There was already an idea of how this transfer would happen but Pep just shed some more light into the proceedings. It appears Eric will travel to Barcelona next summer and he could possibly get there for free. No further details have been disclosed about this imminent transfer.
Pep sees Garcia as a son.
As a former Barcelona player himself, Guardiola knows how much Eric Garcia loves the club. He is aware of the passion the Blaugranas can awaken in all their players and he gets why Eric wants to leave. But the biggest reason is that he frankly doesn’t have a spot at Manchester City right now. With Stones and Dias playing in the back, Eric is the fourth or fifth option on that position.
Guardiola explained himself about Eric Garcia’s situation through Goal: “Eric Garcia is like a son. He was a guy last season that after lockdown was our best central defender. He never made a mistake and played in the quarter-final of the Champions League. He’s going to play in Barcelona and that is not an average player – he is a top player. He was not selected in the last two games and it broke my heart. That is why it is difficult for all the managers when you have a squad. You cannot imagine what it means.”