Man City boss Guardiola admits Barcelona target Eric Garcia wants to leave

Eric Garcia will not be staying at Man City. AFP

Ahead of Friday's match at the Etihad, Guardiola confirmed that Sergio Aguero would not be fit to help City in their bid to hold on to their first leg advantage over Real.

Even though Guardiola wanted to renew his contract at the club as he has been impressive after the lockdown, starting every game for Manchester City and has been preferred over John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in important games against Liverpool, Arsenal.

City are unlikely to want Garcia to run down his contract and leave on a free transfer.

"He announced to us that he doesn't want to extend his contract with Manchester City", manager Pep Guardiola said Thursday.

The teenaged centre back has rejected all attempts by City to convince him to commit his long-term future to the Etihad.

"He has one more year then after that he doesn't want to extend". Lionel Messi Transfer News: Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu Convinced Argentine Will Retire at Camp Nou Despite Inter Milan Interest.

Garcia, who is just 19-years old, is a highly rated youth talent and obviously, a La Masia graduate who left the club for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

Garcia joined Guardiola's club from FC Barcelona in 2017.

City have already acted to address their defensive problems for next season by bringing in Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake in a deal worth an initial £40 million ($53m). The City boss is now in the final 12 months of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and has so far refused to say whether he will commit to a further extension. The Club are also expected to sign another defender before the October 5 deadline.

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