Manchester City midfielder Aleix García is coming to the end of his first loan spell away from the Etihad after spending the season at City Football Group partner club Girona FC.
While Pablo Maffeo, who could be in Pep Guardiola’s plans next season after an impressive campaign, has undoubtedly been the standout of the six City players to have spent time at the Montilivi, García ranks second.
With that said, Aleix has often struggled for game time, starting only 7 of Girona’s 34 games in La Liga this season, with a further 12 appearances off the bench. He recently scored his first goal for the Catalan club against Alavés and has also won his first cap for Spain’s under-21 team on 27 March.
It has been a mixed loan spell overall for the 20-year-old, and the question will soon be – what happens next?
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, the former Villarreal youngster was asked about his future and if he might even spend a second season in Girona.
“It’s something that many people ask me, but now I’m focused on gaining minutes,” he said.
“You always have to look for the best, but I’ve been very comfortable here, the city is very beautiful, and my colleagues have given me a lot of love from the first day. All of this I will keep in mind.
“I am ready to take on any challenge. Maybe it would cost me to play for Manchester City, but I know I can gain the confidence of any coach. In the end it is the joint decision of the two clubs (City and Girona) and Guardiola. We’ll all decide.”
García has made 9 appearances for the Manchester City first-team, 8 of them last season in Pep Guardiola’s first year in charge, so it appears the City boss sees potential in him and must now help decide where Aleix will be playing next season.
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