Manchester City defender Eric García has insisted he does not regret joining the club, despite a perceived lack of opportunities for him.

García joined City from Barcelona in 2017, with the Premier League side moving quickly to snap him up from Barça’s youth ranks.

The 18-year-old is one of the most highly-rated prospects in the club’s youth ranks, with many predicting he will have a bright future at there.

He is yet to receive Pep Guardiola’s full faith just yet, though, despite Manchester City’s problems in central defence this season.

That has been a surprise and could have led García to regret the move somewhat, but he insists it is not the case.

“This season is my third already in Manchester, and I am very happy,” he told Marca.

“At first, it was more complicated, but after a few months, I adapted very well. I am lucky to have several Spanish colleagues that make living together easier.

“I am very happy with how everything goes. I am very happy with the opportunities I have had.

“At the end of last season, they told me that I would start the preseason with the first team and that I could surely stay with them.

“It has been that way. I am one of the first team players, training with them.”

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Vital in moving to the Etihad for García was the opportunity to work with manager Pep Guardiola and develop under him.

The Spanish boss has a strong track record of developing talent, something he has continued at Manchester City.

García has undoubtedly been doing that, admitting that every day is a lesson for him under Guardiola’s tutelage.

“That the coach is happy with you means that you are doing things well, but I am very young, and I still have a lot to do,” he added.

“One will learn (under Guardiola). Each day (he) teaches you something different.

“You can think of a principle that is bulls**t, but until they teach it to you, you don’t realise how easy it can be. He is very special.”