Like many youngsters at Manchester City, Manu Garcia has never truly gotten close to being a first team player at the Etihad.

The midfielder joined City as a youngster in 2013 but after progressing to the U23 squad in 2016 has spent nearly every season away on loan.

Last year saw him spend the season with Toulouse in France making 34 appearances in total for the French side, scoring two goals and registering four assists in total.

Those aren’t impressive numbers by any means but coupled with a year at NAC Breda, in which he managed three goals and 11 assists in 58 games, it means he has options this summer.

One of those are his former club Sporting Gijon, according to El Comercio today. They say the La Liga side are interested in the midfielder this summer and they have ‘intensified their contacts’ with him in recent days.

Indeed, manager José Alberto López is keen to add him to his squad and has made that clear in recent weeks.

The player, for his part, hasn’t closed the door on a return to his former club and knows he’s at a point in his career where he needs to put his development first.

He is set to travel to China with City on the tour of Asia but the newspaper reports that he doesn’t intend to make the trip and instead wants to sort out his future.

It seems a loan deal will be on the cards, rather than a permanent move, with El Comercio saying another loan is seen as ‘the mechanism’ to ensure his promising progression is not held back.