Garcia happy to welcome ‘great player’ Laporte to Barcelona

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Eric Garcia
Eric Garcia

Barcelona new signing Eric Garcia has claimed that Aymeric Laporte is a ‘great player’ and would be happy for the Manchester City defender to join the Spanish giants.

Garcia signed from City on a free transfer after his contract expired, returning to Barca after leaving for England as a teenager.

Speaking an interview with Catalan publication SPORT, Garcia discussed his move to the Nou Camp and being in the Spain squad for Euro 2020.

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The 20-year-old joined the club alongside Sergio Aguero, who also arrived on a free transfer.

Laporte has been linked with Barca after falling out of favour at the Citizens, and Garcia has welcomed the links.

“Aymeric Laporte coming to Barcelona? I don’t know. We haven’t talked about this. We are focused on the Euros, but if he comes to us, obviously he’s a great player.”

Garcia also expressed his delight in returning to Spain and being called up to the national team for Euro 2020.

“I’m living a dream. I’m going to play for the club where I always wanted to be at, and now I’m part of the Spain squad with very high-level footballers. It’s spectacular.”

The defender also spoke on his national team boss Luis Enrique and compared him to Pep Guardiola, saying: “Luis Enrique? I like him very much.

“The attitude he transmits, the idea he has means everything to him. He shows it to us in talks and videos. He has a winning character. It’s all really important.

“Guardiola? I can only have good words towards Pep. He knew the decision of mine not to renew, he assumed it and we had no problem. I’m very grateful for what he’s done for me.

“Is Enrique similar to Guardiola? They are similar when it comes to building the attack from behind, in high pressure, but in terms of expressiveness, they are a little different. Both are very good.”

Speaking last month on his move, Garcia said:

“I have thought a lot about my future; about what I think is for the best.

“I think it’s a brave decision [to go back to Barca]. I am convinced I have made the right one.”