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Manchester City Have a Problem

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Eric Garcia, Manchester City. Photo credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Eric Garcia proves that Manchester City have a problem.

The 19-year-old is just about to break into the first team properly but has itchy feet and won’t sign a new contract, said [Sky Sports][1]. After 22 appearances for City, the curtain will probably draw on his English career.

Questions

Whether or not Eric Garcia sees out the remainder of his deal and then moves to Barcelona on a free transfer, which is what he probably wants, or Manchester City sell him now to avoid losing him for nothing is up to the club.

But it does raise questions.

Why can’t this side keep a hold of their best young talent? Jadon Sancho wanted out, Garcia wants out. Phil Foden is happy with the side, but that’s because he’s a local lad and his blood runs blue.

Jump Ship

We’ve seen waves of youngsters head for the exit doors, and not always for sides lower down the rungs. Brahim Diaz was wanted by Pep Guardiola yet he chose to leave for Real Madrid, while Barca will surely be keeping tabs on what’s going on with their former youth defender.

One of the problems is their quality on the field. It’s so hard for talented youngsters to break through because there isn’t a pathway - Foden is the exception, not the rule. Although this does appear to be a curious time for Garcia to decide he’s had enough of Guardiola.

The kid is [incredibly level headed and mature][2] for his age, and is now at the point where he can be considered an important squad player. He played in seven of the last 10 league games and made 19 appearances in total - not bad for a 19-year-old central defender.

Contrast

Barcelona are also in disarray, with no noticeable style and a head coach who isn’t trusted by the players.

This is an odd time to jump ship, especially while he’s getting a football education under Pep Guardiola. For all their improvements, it seems strange that Manchester City still can’t hang on to their best young players.[1]: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11679/12043685/eric-garcia-wants-to-leave-manchester-city-after-turning-down-new-deal-says-pep-guardiola[2]: https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/eric-garcia-man-city-centre-back-john-stones-pep-guardiola-barcelona-carles-puyol

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I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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