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Barcelona defenders talks going out on loan, Messi, Romeu, Xavi, and Spain NT



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Towards the end of the recent summer transfer window, Barcelona and Girona struck a deal for Eric Garcia’s loan.

While Xavi was not entirely in favor of losing the center-back even temporarily, the player saw it best to acquire play time after spending last season riding the bench and being demoted further with the arrival of Inigo Martinez.

Needless to say, Garcia has not been regretting his decision in the slightest. The Spaniard recently triumphed over Barcelona in a 4-2 victory, as his team currently reigns supreme in the first position of the La Liga table.

Commenting on the victory against his parent club, Garcia admitted it was a unique experience.

“Playing against your friends, against the club you belong to and where you have been for so many years is special and different,” he said, via Mundo Deportivo.

Lately, coach Xavi Hernandez has been subject to endless criticism by the media considering the club’s recent form. However, Garcia came to his defense, stating:
“He has always shown a lot of confidence in me and I am sure that he will manage to be at the top.”

Professing his desire to be more active on the pitch, Garcia did not shy away from mentioning that playtime was the biggest motive behind his loan move.

“It is one of the reasons why I asked to go out on loan, to find consistency and be able to enjoy playing games every week,” he expressed.

Garcia stood up for another former acquaintance, Oriol Romeu, facing the heat of the media. After a bright start to the season, his form lately has declined, but the center-back declared full faith in Romeu’s abilities, stating:

“Everyone fails. If Messi has failed, who is the best in the world and the best player we’ve seen…well imagine the others, I am calm because I have known Oriol from the time we coincided at Barça and I know he is a person with a very strong mentality,” 

Finally, the 22-year-old acknowledged his desire to don the Spanish colors once more and if he continues doing his best, the opportunity will eventually come his way.

“Everyone would like to go to the national team, I’m calm because I know the work I’m doing and if I keep working like this, having the opportunity to play and with this dynamic of the team, it’s easier to get in,” he remarked.

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