Player is left ‘surprised’ in latest development in Man City and Barcelona saga

Man City defender Eric Garcia has been left ‘quite surprised’ after Gerard Pique signed a new contract at Barcelona, reports Ian McGarry on the TransferPodcast.

Garcia and his representatives learned of Piqué’s contract at Barcelona via the media, and were not informed about the negotiations, according to McGarry.

This was therefore an unexpected development for the wantaway defender and his entourage, as they had been told by Barcelona that the club saw him as the ‘successor’ to Pique.

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Garcia, who has started the last two Manchester City matches – which has drawn criticism from some City fans who would prefer to see a more committed player like John Stones be given an opportunity – may therefore be rethinking his desire to rejoin Barcelona.

However, there is not yet any indication that the player is considering a u-turn, in spite of other rumours in the media that Pep Guardiola is hopeful he can convince Garcia to commit his future to City.

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