Eric Garcia: Manchester City star agrees to join Barcelona after turning down contract extension

Eric Garcia: Manchester City star agrees to join Barcelona after turning down contract extension

- Eric Garcia has reportedly rejected an offer to renew his contract with Manchester City

- The centre-back has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Spanish giants Barcelona

- Pep Guariola earlier stated that he hoped to get the player to change his mind

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Manchester City’s Eric Garcia has reportedly decided to reject contract extension at the Premier League club in his bid to return to Catalan club Barcelona.

Latest reports have it that the 19-year-old has agreed personal terms with his former club to confirm Pep Guardiola’s earlier statement that the player does not want to continue with the Citizens.

The City manager had hoped he would be able to convince the player to rescind his decision, but seems Garcia’s mind is already made up.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has been vocal in his pursuit of the Spanish defender, especially with Gerard Pique set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury.

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Since joining the Citizens from Barcelona in 2017, Garcia has made 30 appearances while winning three League Cup titles.

Eric Garcia: Manchester City star agrees to join Barcelona after turning down contract extension
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On the other hand, Lionel Messi will in the next few weeks begin negotiations with other clubs as he enters into his final six months of his contract with Barcelona. T

he 33-year-old agreed to see out the remainder of his deal at the Camp Nou after making a U-turn about his departure last summer.

And Premier League side Man City and Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain are two of the likeliest clubs to snap the Argentine.

The two oil-rich clubs can now begin negotiations with Messi but the Citizens have the upper hand as the six-time Ballon d'Or winner could reunite with pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

On the other hand, Messi could also relish the idea of renewing his partnership with former Barcelona teammate Neymar at par des Princes.

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Also incoming PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino will be keen on having his compatriot in his team and other influential players.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that reigning Premier League champions Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign Lille midfielder Renato Sanches for £18million.

Amid concerns of Mohamed Salah and Georgino Wijnaldum exit, the Reds are in search for a formidable midfielder and they have reportedly negotiated with Lille.

It was gathered that top officials at Liverpool are prepared to cough-up £18million for the star who was tipped for the top after winning the Golden Boy award in 2016.

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