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Eric Garcia: Why I initially left Barcelona for Man City

Eric Garcia is delighted to have re-signed with Barcelona.

The Manchester City defender's Bosman move will become official at the end of the month. However, Garcia is in Barcelona today and held a media conference to announce his signing.

He said, "When I left they didn't trust the youth team so much and the City proposal was the best I had at the time. I'm very happy with the experience there."

"I was very calm about the elections. Once the elections were over they told me that they wanted to sign me and I made my position clear to return. I am a person who likes to win and I want to start this way.

"I cannot compare myself to (Gerard) Piqué. I am still starting my career and Piqué has been the best centre-back in the last 10 years and having him as a teammate is a pleasure and a requirement.

"It is always a good time if you come to Barça. The president has set an optimistic path, it is a path with youth and experience. We will do the best for Barça.

"My dream was to play for Barça and having the opportunity to change in the dressing room is an immense joy. I hope that when the season begins we can have the public at the Camp Nou.

"I would like to thank the president, the vice president, Mateu Alemay, Ramon Planes for the effort they have made. It is a dream come true, my intention was to return to Barça. I hope a future will come with great success. To give everything for this shirt, that's how they instilled it in the club. I'm very happy to be back home."


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