With six appearances in the Premier League this season, Eric García enjoyed his first real taste of constant first-team exposure at Manchester City.
The 19-year-old, who arrived from Barcelona for a small fee of around £1.5m back in 2017, made his way through the ranks at the Etihad, impressing Pep Guardiola enough to give him a chance with the big boys when injuries forced him to.
All in all, it’s been a good year for the young Spaniard, and Sport in Spain explain he’s ‘never regretted’ the decision to leave the Catalans when he did to try his luck in England.
Not only did he featured in the Premier League, but he also played the full 90 minutes in a 4-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, suggesting there might be a good future for him at the club.
The only issue with this is his current contract, which expires in 2021.
Sport explain that contrary to popular belief, his deal is set to run out next summer rather than in 2022, meaning time could be ticking for Manchester City to tie him down.
They write talks started before the Covid-19 pandemic with that goal in mind, but they have since ‘slowed down’.
It’s revealed that Barcelona, his former club, are ‘very attentive’ to the youngster’s current situation, as he could arrive on a free next summer.
If they can pull it off, it would certainly be a great deal, as they would have received money for him as an inexperienced youth product and regained him for free with four years of Pep Guardiola tutelage under his belt.
That’s clearly something Manchester City need to ensure doesn’t happen.