Reports out of Spain claim that Eric Garcia’s public desire to join Barcelona at all costs may have worked against him throughout the past six months of negotiations.
The 20-year-old’s contract at the Etihad Stadium expires on June 30th, and he has made it clear for some time now that he intends on joining back up with his boyhood club upon the conclusion of his City deal.
However, in the wake of declaring his desire to leave Manchester City over the past 12 months or so, Pep Guardiola has been forced to drop him from the team.
Eric Garcia has made just four Premier League appearances so far this season, despite being a favourite of Guardiola’s. Speaking after Sunday's Carabao Cup final victory over Tottenham, the Catalan boss said of the youngster, “Eric Garcia is one of my favourite players. I would love to have 15 Eric Garcias. He’s not on the bench because I think he’s going move to Barcelona."
That serious drop in first-team action could have hindered his negotiating leverage, claims Sport, as translated by Sport Witness.
Recently-elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta is said to have now offered the defender nearly 50% less wages than what was previously discussed by the two parties in recent months.
Despite all this drama and alterations during discussions, all signs point to Eric Garcia completing his desired move to Catalonia. However, any announcement of the completed deal will not come until after Manchester City have concluded their respective competitions.
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