Barcelona failed in their pursuit to sign Eric Garcia this summer transfer window.
Eric Garcia has decided to stay at Manchester City after both Manchester City and Barcelona failed in reaching an agreement for the Spanish defender.
Barcelona’s last-minute bid was turned down on the deadline day though it was just £2million short of their valuation of the 19-year-old defender despite the fact that Garcia could leave Etihad for nothing after turning down a new contract.
City’s football operations officer Omar 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.
“There is a high risk of injuries, there are risks of quarantine due to COVID so we’ve taken all that into account and taken the decision that we want him to stay. It is important to have more depth in the squad, especially in that position where we’ve had some unfortunate injuries over the last few years.”