At present, he is under contract at City. He said as much when asked about his future with La Roja in August, that he hopes to return for his final season at City. He has not handed in a transfer request and has not sit out training or refused to play yet somehow the conclusion is that he does not want to be here at City, presently.Eric Garcia does not want to be at City. Hence, he pushed for a move this summer to Barcelona and will try to leave again in January. He's bound by his contract to stay; that does not mean it is his wish to do so. If that contract could be null and voided right now and he could go back to Barcelona, he'd already be on the plane there.
Serviceable in a team concept, that he had experienced with the player in the 4th division - it's precisely why he, Busquets & Pedro came with him to the 1st team. Trust & belief that they could add something, which they did when they went on to win every possible competitionA player like Jeffren is exactly my point; serviceable if not spectacular. Pep gave him significant minutes, as he did with Montoya, Cuenca and Fontas. Tello, Barta were another two but have had better careers. The point is these weren't elite young players, they came in, did a good job and Pep trusted them. It appears as though Pep is more inclined to trust players from La Masia. In the case of City, the only young player Pep has trusted outside Garcia has been Foden; an elite young player with genuine world class potential. The standard for La Masia products seems to be serviceable while, for others, they need to be Phil Fod
Wilshere didn't turn out to be the player he could have been because of injuries. But Pep being dismissive of his ability at that time spoke volumes. Thiago was already in the first team squad in 2011, no one else you mentioned was close to Wilshere at the time. You have to recall Wilshere made the PFA TOTY at 19, Arsenal POTY, PFA YPOTY, England caps etc. This was genuinely one of the elite young players in world football.
I suspect many Blues have issue with the fact we are investing time and energy into a kid that would rather be elsewhere,while we have a player in Stones,who very much wants to be a part of our future,and is looking to rebuild his confidence and fitness,sat on our bench.
It doesnt make sense,and it doesnt add up.
Many of you still don’t get it, perhaps never willPerhaps Eric has his heart set on Barca and there's nothing we can do.
But given his recent playing time ahead of many of our backs and given Barca's recent extension to Pique's contract and given the complete management/player-sentiment mess at Barca as reflected by Messi's deep desire to leave the club...
If I were in Garcia's shoes I'd choose Barca over City only if I had a gun to my head.
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