After failing to obtain work permit to play in England, Manchester City allowed Douglas Luiz to go out on loan for the second season in a row.

During the previous campaign, the Brazilian struggled for minutes under Pablo Machin at Girona, but the manager left the club in the summer and was replaced by Eusebio Sacristán.

Earlier in September, the La Liga club’s current manager told Mundo Deportivo how difficult it was to convince the 20-year-old to rejoin them on a temporary deal as he continued to attract interest from other clubs.

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Luiz has given an interview to Diario de Girona and revealed why he decided to join Girona over other clubs, while also explaining his plans for the future.

“Yes, there were many clubs interested. I had to meet with my agents and City to see what was best for me and my future,” he said.

“They saw that Girona was the best opportunity, the best league and where I could continue learning more. The “professor” Eusebio has a lot of communication with Pep and has a similar style of play. I was given everything so that, in the future, I can settle at Manchester City.”

“My goal [during 2018 pre-season tour] was to win Guardiola’s confidence and I got it. I came here so calmly because the people around me talked and communicated with me – they do even now – and they told me to be calm, that next season, if God wants, I would be with them. Guardiola told me to be calm.” 

This season, the midfielder has so far made five appearances in the league and is hoping to get as many minutes as possible under his belt during his loan spell with the Spanish outfit.