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Guardiola hopeful but unsure if Eric Garcia will stay at Man City beyond January

Pep Guardiola has revealed he’s hopeful but unsure as to whether defender Eric Garcia will still be at Manchester City beyond this month, amid interest from Barcelona.

The young centre-back spent his youth career as part of the famed La Masia academy in Barcelona, before leaving to join Manchester City at the age of 17 in 2017.

Since then, the Spaniard has made 30 appearances for the club, including 16 appearances in the Premier League, although he has only featured seven times in all competitions this season.

The 20-year-old is highly thought of at both the Etihad and the Nou Camp, with speculation over the last 18 months or so suggesting that he would be making a move back to Catalonia in the near future, particularly with his current contract set to expire in June 2021.

The centre-back – who has also earned four caps for his country at senior level – now looks certain to be leaving the club, with reports suggesting that Garcia has agreed terms with former club Barcelona, though its uncertain as this point as to whether he will go this month for a fee, or in the summer on a free.

The fact that the club already have the likes of Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and summer signings Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake in central defence has perhaps limited Garcia’s game time, although City boss Guardiola did reveal back in August that the player had rejected a contract extension.

With his future seemingly away from Manchester, the only issue now is to whether he will still be a City player come the end of January. When asked if he could leave this month, Guardiola appeared unsure as to what would happen.

“I hope not, but maybe someone from Barcelona knows more than me.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but maybe it’s going to happen.”

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