Garcia says it is ‘unfortunate’ for Pique that he did not play for the ‘best’ team in Manchester

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Eric Garcia has ironic pop with Gerard Pique, saying it’s a ‘shame’ to his future team-mate that he didn’t play for the BEST team in Manchester, with the City youngster ready to come to Barcelona for free this week. summer

  • Manchester City defender Eric Garcia returns to Barcelona this summer
  • Garcia has followed a similar career path to his future teammate Gerard Pique
  • Pique went from La Masia to Manchester United before returning to Barcelona
  • Garcia said it was ‘a shame’ that Pique didn’t play for the ‘best’ team in Manchester

Eric Garcia has spoken out about the comparisons between him and Gerard Pique, saying that unlike his potential future teammate, he was lucky enough to play for the best team in Manchester.

The 20-year-old Spaniard will go to Barcelona for free this summer when his contract with Manchester City expires.

He is following a similar career path to Gerard Pique, who left the club’s La Masia academy to join a Manchester club before returning to Barcelona.

Manchester City defender Eric Garcia returns to Barcelona as a freelancer this summer

He follows a similar career path to Gerard Pique, who also had a stint in Manchester

He follows a similar career path to Gerard Pique, who also had a stint in Manchester

Pique played 13 games for Manchester United from 2004 to 2008, before returning to the LaLiga club where he enjoyed great success.

Garcia took a brutal bang at his future teammate and his current club’s city rivals in an interview with Spanish publication The sports.

Garcia said: ‘Gerard has achieved everything, he is one of the best center-backs in the world. He is more recognized when I am 20 years old and I am practically starting my career.

So the only possible comparison is that we’re both from La Masia and lived in Manchester, but he was on a team that wasn’t that good.

‘I have had better luck and have been able to play for the best team in Manchester. It’s a shame for him. ‘

Garcia has played for the first team 35 times since joining Manchester City, making his Carabao Cup quarter-final debut against Leicester in December 2018.

Garcia says he played for the 'best' team in Manchester, unlike his future teammate

Garcia says he played for the ‘best’ team in Manchester, unlike his future teammate

The 20-year-old has played six games for the club this season when they captured the Premier League title.

Garcia hopes to achieve the same success as Pique, who has won eight LaLiga titles and three Champions League trophies in Barcelona.

Manchester United won the Premier League title in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons, while Pique was signed with the club.

However, he spent the first of those years on loan with Real Zaragoza, playing nine times in the 2007-08 season before returning to Barcelona.

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