Wantaway defender Garcia offers little clarity on future amid Barcelona links

Date published: Sunday 16th August 2020 4:09 - Sam Charlton

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Barcelona-linked Eric Garcia declined to reveal his future plans following Manchester City’s Champions League defeat to Lyon. 

The Citizens were beaten 3-1 by the French side in the last eight of the competition, bringing their season to an end.

It may also prove to be Garcia’s final game in a sky blue shirt, with his future up in the air.

Pep Guardiola confirmed earlier this month that the defender has declined the offer of a new contract at the Etihad.

That has provided Barcelona with an opportunity to swoop in and sign the 19-year-old. It was reported last month that Barca are interested in re-signing Garcia, who left the Camp Nou in 2017 to join City on a four-year deal.

But when asked about whether he would be on the move this summer, Garcia gave little away.

Speaking to Spanish media, cited on Manchester Evening News, he said: “The only thing I can say is that now we will have some days of rest and then we will see.

“I cannot say anything else, least of all after this elimination.”

Garcia offers verdict on shock Lyon loss 

The centre-back was more willing to discuss his team’s exit from Europe though, insisting he was confident in the tactics City went into the game with.

“We are very sad about this defeat, we came here with a plan to hurt Lyon,” he added.

“We had chances score and then on the counter they made it 2-1. We’ve been working here for years and there is a clear upward trend. We thought we had a great chance because we were three games away from being champions.

“The quality of the players and all the staff is beyond doubt. Year after year we have to keep trying and it will surely it will come.”

READ MORE: Manchester City are confident they can pull off a deal to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Find out more about that and more in Paper Talk.

 

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