Speaking at a press conference (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Girona sporting director Quique Carcel has shed light on how their attempts to sign Barcelona defender Eric Garcia on loan came to fruition this past summer.
The La Liga club were keen on signing Garcia to replace Santi Bueno, with manager Michel, in particular, a big admirer of the 22-year-old centre-half.
However, Barcelona had been reluctant to let the defender leave on loan late in the window, something that Carcel has now gone on to acknowledge.
Garcia’s desire paved the way for the move
Indeed, Carcel has claimed that Barcelona were not in favour of letting Garcia leave which is why the deal dragged on until the late hours of deadline day.
Eventually, though, it was the player’s desire to leave on loan which helped the operation go through.
“Eric went right up to the last moment. The operation was complicated because Barça didn’t want him to leave. He wanted to come and that shows the type of player he is. He wants to be important and to feel like a footballer because he is in a growth phase,” he said.
“After the departure of Santi Bueno, his incorporation has helped us a lot. If Eric hadn’t arrived we wouldn’t have signed anyone else because we have a lot of centre-backs with contracts,” he explained.
Michel rates Garcia highly
Only a few days ago, Girona manager Michel had expressed his delight at having Garcia at his disposal, calling the 22-year-old one of the best when it comes to building up play from the back.
“Eric can play in any position in defence, also as a pivot, but in my mind, it’s all about build-up play and what he can bring to us. In this concept, he is one of the best players in the world and that’s why we want him here,” he had said.
Judging by the words of the manager and the director, it is clear that they place a lot of faith in Garcia.
It is now up to the 22-year-old to make the most of his stint at Girona and return to Barcelona as a much-improved player so that he can push for a place in Xavi’s lineup.