After Manchester City completed the signing of Douglas Luiz from Brazilian club Vasco da Gama in 2017, they loaned him to Girona, where he struggled to get regular playing time.

Pablo Machin left the club and joined Sevilla in the summer and was replaced by Eusebio Sacristán in June. Under the former’s guidance last season, the midfielder made only one start in the league and played less than 300 minutes.

Luiz’s priority was to stay at Manchester City, but the 20-year-old’s failure to obtain a work permit forced the Premier League winners to allow him to go out on loan for one more season and therefore, he returned to Montilivi on a temporary deal on August 31st.

Girona director of football Quique Carcel knew from the beginning that any approach to sign the South American on a loan deal would not be easy, which is why he travelled to Manchester to convince Luiz to rejoin the club. 

“The possibility of him coming back to Girona was complicated. I wanted Douglas from minute one, but I was aware that it would be complicated.

“I went to see him personally to convey to him my feelings and what we wanted. He was not 100%, clear, but the desire to show his football have been key,” Mundo Deportivo quoted the Girona chief as saying.

The Manchester City owned player will be expecting many more chances this time.