Manchester City’s Manu Garcia has officially left the Etihad to spend a season out on loan with Toulouse FC. The 20-year-old was lent out to Dutch outfit, NAC Breda for the previous season where he had made 35 appearances and was directly involved in 3 goals. After a promising season away to the Eredivisie, the attacking midfielder is ready to continue his development throughout the remainder of his City contract, which is set to run until the summer of 2020.
Garcia is a product of the Sporting de Gijon youth academy and was purchased by the Citizens in May 2013 for €250,000. Primarily an attacking midfielder by trade, the Spaniard can operate from the wings and the deeper positions as well.
He is a shifty figure at 5 feet 7 inches and can weave his way out of tight spaces with ease. He is adept in formulating attacks and is developing into a fine number 10. Garcia made his Premier League debut against Aston Villa in March 2016 and has also served another loan spell with the Spanish side, Alaves.
After failing to carve a place for himself in the first team, City relocated the 20-year-old to Breda. Pep Guardiola’s is not ready to sacrifice the player’s development when sanctioning a loan move away from the club.
The City manager has had a major hand in improving his players’ on-pitch performances. Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane quickly turned into prime attacking threats last season and helped the club to a double-winning campaign. From the edges of mediocrity to finishing the 2017/18 campaign with 37 goals and 36 assists between the two wingers, it was a story worth witnessing!
In the present situation, it is unlikely that Garcia would find much game time in the City ranks with top professionals like David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan already in the club.
The former Barcelona manager is also known to rather spend excessive amounts on proven talents rather than giving the youth players much preference. At 18, Phil Foden remains an exception even though he has had limited first-team opportunities as well.
The Ligue 1 is one of the most prestigious leagues in all of Europe and will be able to provide Garcia with a platform to prove himself. The Spaniard, who has 5 caps for the Spanish U19 team and 3 in total for the U16 and U17 sides, could someday land himself a role in the City squad.
He could also be the one to land a hefty profit on his sale if he gets to impress in the upcoming 2018/19 season.
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