Former Manchester City midfielder Aleix Garcia has insisted his departure from the club was an amicable one this summer.

Garcia had been with City for five years, initially joining their U21 side in £3.6m deal from Villarreal’s B team in 2015.

He was eventually promoted to Manchester City’s first team the following year but would only make nine first-team appearances in the following four years, instead spending time out on loan with Girona and Mouscron.

He returned from the latter this summer but was deemed surplus to requirements by Manchester City, who allowed him to leave on a free transfer to Dinamo Bucharest.

Many players would feel rather bitter about such a situation, but Garcia insists he is not one of them.

“In the end, we reached an agreement, and I came out in the best possible way,” he told Diario de Tarragona.

“I am grateful because I have been with City for six years with a contract and I know that he has given me a lot.

“I will always be grateful. Now our paths part, who knows if they will come together again.”

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The decision to move to Dinamo will have certainly caught many by surprise, with Romania not exactly a prime destination for a player who has experience in both England and Spain.

Indeed, it was surprising that Garcia didn’t move somewhere in either country, with reports in the summer stating that there were several in the latter keen.

Garcia has admitted that he did have several options, but Dinamo presented the best offer of the lot.

“Yes, we had many options,” he added.

“We wanted to wait for the best, economically and soccer. Yes, things came out in Spain, but the club opted for another player, so we can’t do anything.

“The Dinamo option came out, which is practically a Spanish club and I liked it.”