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Manchester City’s football operations officer Omar Berrada has explained why Eric Garcia’s move to Barcelona has failed.
The Citizens decided to keep Eric Garcia for the season because he was worth more to them than Barcelona’s £18million offer.
City turned down the Catalan club’s final offer on deadline day, even though it was just £2million short of their “bottom line” valuation of the 19-year-old defender – and despite the fact Garcia can leave for the Nou Camp for nothing next summer after turning down a new contract.
Pep Guardiola’s side had already brought in Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake, with Nicolas Otamendi leaving this year after Vincent Kompany went in 2019 without being replaced.
Speaking about the Garcia’s failed transfer Berrada said:
“Eric has developed into an important player for us and played some important games, especially in the last few months – semi-finals of the FA Cup, quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“He’s become a top young centre back who Pep trusts, 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 also the international games that they have to play, so it is all very concentrated and congested.
Source- Manchester Evening News
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