Needing first-team football to progress as a professional footballer, Manu Garcia was sent on loan to Toulouse by Manchester City.
A regular in Alain Casanova’s first-team, the young Spaniard still needs to add some consistency to his game, but the overall consensus in France is that the potential is there and it’s showing more often than not.
The attacking midfielder himself appears pleased with the loan, despite some initial struggles, as he explained to Canal+ in France, relayed by Toulouse fan website Les Violets.
He said: “Ligue 1 is a very physical league. It doesn’t suit my traits, but that’s also why I came here. I wanted to show my game and judge myself in a more athletic league. It can open a lot of doors for me. I’m very happy to be here, I like the football, the town, the club. I want to make the most of it and then we’ll see.”
Explaining he’s a player who ‘likes to touch the ball a lot’, he ‘suffers’ when the team aren’t in possession as he’s hardly built to be a tackler, at 5’6” and a bit.
As for his future, there’s a long way left in the season, and there’s been no sign from Pep Guardiola, unlike his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, that he wants to use Manu Garcia at Manchester City.
That doesn’t mean the 20-year-old has given up, however.
He continued: “Manchester City? They’re a big club where stars play. My objective has been to play there since I was very young. I want to play the Champions League, in big games, and that’s possible over there.”
Since arriving at Toulouse, the youngster has assisted his teammates twice in nine appearances, eight of which he’s started.