Pep Guardiola recently confirmed that Eric Garcia does not want to renew his contract with Manchester City, which means that the 19-year-old will become a Barcelona player either this summer or next summer for free.
“Eric Garcia doesn’t want to extend his contract with Manchester City. I think he wants to join another club.”, said the Manchester City coach in the press conference ahead of the round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid.
Guardiola’s side already signed a replacement for Garcia, namely Nathan Aké (25) from Bournemouth.
The Spanish defender is a La Masia graduate and it is known that he has agreed to return to his home club. As things stand, he is very likely to join Barça very soon now.
Sources: Fabrizio Romano, Albert Roge
Video: Barcelona vs Alavés — Match Preview
Barcelona take on Alavés in Matchday 6 of La Liga Santander, following a wonderful display and victory over Juventus midweek, in the Champions League. But Ronald Koeman’s side have already dropped big points in the league this season, and know that anything other than 3 points against the Basque outfit would be disastrous for our title aspirations.
This should be another good opportunity for Barça to showcase their abilities once more and build on that performance against Juventus, as Alavés are a considerably weaker side to the sort of opposition that the Catalans have had to face so far this campaign.
Having said that, Pablo Machín’s men will try and make life difficult for Barça, similar to what Getafe did, and Alavés will feel confident that with the right sort of game-plan, they can make Koeman’s side slip up in La Liga once more.