"It broke my heart..." - Pep Guardiola confirms future of defender and reveals next club

Pep Guardiola has confirmed during a press conference on the weekend that he believes Eric Garcia will be joining FC Barcelona at the end of the season, essentially putting an end to speculation surrounding the centre-backs future.
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Pep Guardiola has confirmed during a press conference on the weekend that he believes Eric Garcia will be joining FC Barcelona at the end of the season, essentially putting an end to speculation surrounding the centre-backs future.

It is approaching 12 months since Pep Guardiola had confirmed to the press that the young central defender would not be signing a contract extension with Manchester City, and speaking about the competition for places in the first-team squad this week, the Catalan boss spoke passionately about the future of Garcia.

He said, "Maybe you don't know, but you cannot imagine what Eric Garcia means to me. He's like a son. He was the guy during lockdown last season that was the best central defender that we had. He never made a mistake, not one mistake. He played in a Champions League quarter-final."

Guardiola continued by explaining how his heart was 'broke' by the fact that the recent match day squads had no place for Garcia, and also revealed that he believes the 20-year-old will soon go on to play for his former club, Barcelona.

Guardiola continued, "He's going to play I think at Barcelona... Barcelona don't buy players because they're an average player, it's because they're a top player. In the last two games, he was not selected - it broke my heart. He doesn't deserve that."

The latest surrounding the future of Eric Garcia is that he is set to sign a long-term deal with the Camp Nou side, with Fabrizio Romano stating that he will sign a contract until June, 2026.

Although it seems that Barcelona do have a free run at signing the former La Masia graduate, it had been previously speculated that the likes of Arsenal and PSG would compete for the youngster's signature. This has been denied by Romano, who states that no other club is in the race for the player.

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