Manchester City signed Eric García from Barcelona in 2017 and after spending one season in their academy, the defender made his first senior appearance in December 2018.

Pep Guardiola handed the 18-year-old his first Premier League appearance in September against Watford and a few days later, he played the full 90 minutes in his side’s EFL Cup win over Preston North End.

The teenager made it to Spain U21 squad for the last two international breaks and started in the 1-1 friendly against Germany last week.

AS has interviewed García and asked him what convinced him to leave the La Liga winners for the English champions at the age of 16.

“It was a complicated decision, because it is a different country and language. The sports project they offered convinced me,” he said.

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When García was quizzed if he was right to join the Etihad club, the centre-back said: “I think time will tell, but so far I am very happy. I am enjoying opportunities that I did not expect at first. At the moment I am very happy.” 

On possibility of returning to Spain, García responded: “At the moment I am very happy in Manchester and I still have two years of contract left.”

Despite being 18, the City player has been promoted to the Spain U21 squad, instead of featuring for the U19s and García was left surprised over his recent call ups.

“Being in the pre-list for me was already a surprise and a joy, because I would usually have to be with the U19 and to be able to be with the U21 is one step closer to the first team,” the Spaniard stressed.

“The simple fact of being in the pre-list was a satisfaction for me and to make it to the squad was something spectacular.”