Barça want to correct errors of past by signing Man City's Eric Garcia

The defender left the club in 2017 but Barcelona want to bring him back

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Things have calmed down at La Masia. The recent changes have been positive for the future of the players and those in charge want to avoid the errors of the past. 

Albert Rogé


One of the biggest mistakes was failing to take advantage of one of the best generations in the academy's history. Eric Garcia, Adrià Bernabé, Robert Navarro and Pablo Moreno all felt the had to leave because they didn't feel they would get the necessary chances at Barça. 

The main person responsible for that was Pep Segura. The former academy director decided not to make sporting or financial offers to players so young. For example, Eric Garcia was offered the chance to go up from Cadete A to Juvenil B as part of the same project as all of his other teammates at the time. But we're not talking about any teammate. He was a generational talent praised by Luis Enrique and who should have been shown a clear pathway to the first team in the opinion of a number of experts. 

But the presence of Segura and Bakero with Barça B was a big obstacle for many of the young players at the club. They were both in favour of betting on players from other teams. Now, after another restructure, Bakero has no power over La Masia and is dedicated to the loan players. 

The return of academy players that have left will end the phrase "whoever leaves Barça won't return." Gerard Pique, the club's best centre-back in recent years, signed from Manchester United after leaving La Masia. Now, years later, Eric Garcia could follow a similar path with the same objective


As we said, the club are ready to correct their mistakes and for that reason, they were also close to re-signing Pablo Moreno. The striker was at Juventus and is the best No9 the club have had at La Masia in recent years. His instinct and pace stand out and he was a headache for rival defenders, achieving goal-scoring records along the way.  

Barça tried to include the return of Pablo Moreno in the Pjanic-Arthur operation with Juve. They knew the player wanted to leave Turin and felt he could have a future at Camp Nou. However, for various reasons, it didn't happen and, in the end, he sealed a move to Manchester City instead. 

Barça will try for City's Eric Garcia, though, and if they manage to bring him back he will be reunited with his friend Ansu Fati, his teammate with Spain U21. Both dreamed of playing at Camp Nou and now it could be a possibility. Ansu has managed it. Now it could be Eric Garcia's turn. 


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