Manuel Garcia

Spanish youth international Manuel Garcia joined City from Sporting Gijon, made his U18s debut in March 2014 against Liverpool and turned out for the first team just 15 months later.

He made three substitute appearances for Jason Wilcox’s North title-winning side during 2013/14 and picked up where he left off for his first full season wearing City blue, turning out 30 times across league and cup.

A talented midfielder who also shines just behind the striker, the Spaniard has excellent vision and passing range, loves to dictate play and seeks to do damage between the lines.

Small physically, Manu is deceptively tough and as well as providing a killer through-ball for others, he isn’t shy of shooting himself – his perfectly-placed strike won the final Manchester derby at Platt Lane in October 2014.

A selection of cameos in the higher age groups followed, and he introduced himself in style by claiming two assists in an 11 minute cameo in the UEFA Youth League - his first appearance in the competition.

Manu also played an unforgettable role in a first piece of silverware for the EDS by coming on as a substitute in the International Premier League Cup semi-final and changing the game in City's favour. 

Manuel Pellegrini clearly liked what he saw in the young Spaniard, and picked him as the youngest member of the travelling party on post-season North America tour in May 2015, when he made his debut as substitute for compatriot and idol David Silva against Toronto.

Supporters got another tantalising glimpse of Manu’s prodigious talents a few months later, when he was again named in a first team tour squad – this time the pre-season trip to Australia and Vietnam, when he started four of the five friendly fixtures in the build-up to the new campaign.

Offered a professional contract on the occasion of his 17th birthday, Manu was promoted to the EDS a year early in the summer of 2015. He made his debut for the first team in the Capital One Cup game at Sunderland before scoring his first goal against Crystal Palace in the same competition.

After joining the first team on their tour of Munich and China in the summer of 2016, he agreed to a season-long loan at newly-promoted La Liga side Deportivo Alaves.

In a national team stocked with talent at every age group, Manu has pulled on his country’s shirt at u16 level. 


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