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Manchester City chief explains why Barcelona failed to land Eric Garcia

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The teenager missed out on a return to the Camp Nou

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Manchester City’s football operations officer Omar Berrada has explained why Barcelona failed to land Eric Garcia in the summer transfer window.

The teenager looked set to return to the Camp Nou but a deadline-day move failed to materialise as the two clubs could not agree a fee.

Berrada has offered a bit of detail on the talks and why City were happy to keep hold of Garcia.

“He’s become a top young centre back who Pep trusts, and we feel that keeping him this season was worth more than what we were offered for him.

“We believe that he can add depth to the squad, and can be important in important games.

“This is a season that is going to be very difficult for the players, physically and mentally. It’s very congested, there will be a lot of pressure to play many games both in terms of club competitions but also the international games that they have to play, so it is all very concentrated and congested.

“We had a conversation with Barcelona about Eric García. We were very clear what we felt his valuation was - they weren’t able or were willing to meet it, so our decision was to keep him. We think he’ll be important for us.”

Source | Manchester Evening News

Barcelona are still expected to return for Garcia either in January when the transfer window reopens or at the end of the season when he’ll be a free agent.