Garcia Opens Up On Why He Joined Barca and Drops Verdict On Barcelona Defense Summer Signings

Former Manchester City's player, Spanish defender Eric Garcia poses on the pitch during his official presentation as new player of FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on June 1, 2021. - Barcelona have signed Spanish defender Eric Garcia on a deal until 2026, the Catalan giants announced today. In a statement, Barca said that Garcia, trained at the club's La Masia football academy, has a buy-out clause "set at 400 million euros ($489,5 million)." (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Barcelona defender Eric Garcia has admitted that he returned to the club to play with Lionel Messi and he is also not sad about the signing of Kounde and Christensen.

Garcia was a free agent signing from Manchester City. This signing was a reunion for the player who had only left the club in 2017 when he was 16 years old. Garcia joined the Premier League club in 2017 but returned to Barcelona in 2021 after signing a pre-contract agreement.

After impressing Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola with his attitude and ability, he earned a spot in City’s starting eleven for some time but his return to Camp Nou hasn’t started off well.

Because of the player’s slow start, the club decided to make new defensive summer additions for the new season. Many pundits and blogs had speculated that the move angered the Spaniard.

However, in a recent interview, the player stated that he does not find it insulting, but rather sees it as a challenge that will require him to work hard to earn his spot on the squad. He said:

“How did I get the signatures of Christensen and Koundé? I took it as a challenge. I know my abilities and what I can offer. These signatures made me grow.”

The Spain international has faced a lot of criticism at Barcelona, both on and off the field, but he is determined to overcome it and give in his all to the club.

Also in the interview, the Barcelona defender Eric Garcia explained why he returned to Spain after four years, declining to renew his contract with Manchester City. He said:

“I really wanted to go to Barca. I told Pep and he understood it perfectly. When I came here, I said ‘I am here to play alongside Messi, but he left.”

“He’s the best I’ve ever seen, he’s shown the physical level he has at the World Cup. Having a player like him can never hurt you” he added.

The player was part of the Spain National team at the Qatar World Cup, where he did not play a single minute of World Cup competition for the national team. He is now back with Barcelona and hoping to reclaim his place in a competition against Araujo, Christensen, and Kounde.

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