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La Liga manager lavishes praise on Barcelona loanee: “One of the best”

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The summer transfer deadline day saw Barcelona defender Eric Garcia secure a loan move away to Girona.

The 22-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at Barça and as such wanted to leave on a temporary basis so that he could play regularly.

Girona had always been the frontrunners to sign Garcia despite there being some interest from clubs in Italy and eventually, late on the deadline day, the loan operation was confirmed.

Girona manager has words of praise for Eric Garcia

Having joined his new club, Garcia has already started training and could be in contention for their match against Las Palmas on Sunday.

On the eve of the match, Girona manager Michel spoke to the media and had a lot of praise in store for the Barcelona loanee and what he brings to the table.

The manager pointed out that the 22-year-old always wanted to move to Girona and as such there was no tension in the club despite the deal taking time to be completed.

“I was calm, I had spoken to Eric and he was one hundred per cent sure he wanted to come,” Michel said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“We have Eric who, for me, gives us good football and is very important and is a player of a level that we can not have if the player doesn’t want to come here,” he added.

Touching upon what Garcia brings to the table, Michel highlighted his versatility and his ability to build up play from the back as important attributes, even claiming that the Spaniard was one of the best when it comes to the latter aspect.

“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 remarked.

Xavi wanted Eric to stay

Xavi did not want Garcia to leave. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Earlier today, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez also spoke to the media ahead of their game against Osasuna.

During the chat, the 43-year-old revealed that he wanted Garcia to stay and tried to convince him, but the player wanted to play regularly and asked to leave.

“He came and told me that he wanted a change of scenery, that he needed it. I tried to convince him not to, but due to circumstances of fair play, this transfer happened,” Xavi said.

It will now be up to Garcia to make the most of his loan stint at Girona and force his way into the Barça setup for next season.

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