Pep Guardiola has not given up hope of maintaining Eric Garcia at Manchester Metropolis past his present contract.
The Spanish defender was considered near signing a brand new deal final season however was gained over by former membership Barcelona and knowledgeable the Blues when the gamers returned after the restart that he didn’t wish to keep in Manchester.
Metropolis had been open to promoting him however by no means felt like they received the affordable provide from Barcelona that they wished in summer season and opted to maintain the 19-year-old for the ultimate 12 months of his contract as an alternative.
With Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte dominated out, Garcia lined up alongside Ruben Dias for the Champions League sport with Porto – forward of John Stones and Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who had been on the bench.
Guardiola cited the steadiness of the participant for why he picked Garcia over the others, and in addition raised hopes that he may but tempt him to alter his thoughts on a return to the Nou Camp.
“I am so glad. I do know he wished to go away however he will keep and possibly we are able to seduce him on this 12 months to increase the contract with us,” mentioned Guardiola. “He is a man who’s so secure in lots of many issues and we’re so glad.”
Garcia could possibly be in line for extra video games after Fernandinho joined the prolonged damage listing for the Blues. Laporte is predicted to return to coaching on Thursday however will likely be up in opposition to it to be match for Saturday’s journey to West Ham.