Eric García’s future appears to be at Barcelona, according to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona are interested in signing the central defender, and despite City wanting him to stay on at the club, the player has decided he wants to return to Spain. Guardiola confirmed the news on Thursday, in his pre-match press conference ahead of City’s Champions League match against Real Madrid.

Eric Garcia announced to us he doesn’t want to extend his contract with City, he has one more year and then after that, he doesn’t want to extend. Guardiola was hopeful of keeping the 19-year-old, who broke into the first team after the Premier League restart. “We wanted to but he doesn’t want to. We imagine he wants to play in another place.”

Catalan Radio announced on Thursday afternoon that García will become Barca’s first signing after the Champions League campaign ends.