Eric Garcia is expected to join Barcelona in the summer
Eric Garcia is expected to join Barcelona in the summer

Pep Guardiola says Eric Garcia will join Barcelona in the summer

Centre-back Eric Garcia "is going to play in Barcelona" next season, according to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

The Spain international impressed after being given a chance towards the end of last season but has made just nine appearances this term, having initially lost his place when he refused to sign a new deal amid interest from his boyhood club.

He has since been a casualty of John Stones and Ruben Dias' incredible unbreakable partnership at the heart of City's defence.

Now Guardiola has seemingly confirmed that the 20-year-old will join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.

“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," said Guardiola.

“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.”

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