Manu Garcia played a major role in NAC Breda’s promotion last season and he has returned from Manchester City on loan eager to make an impression in the Eredivisie.

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The Spaniard started his career with Sporting Gijon, but was picked up by Manchester City just days after his 16th birthday. The midfielder was quickly promoted to the English side’s U21 squad and two years after signing for the club, made his first team debut in a friendly against Toronto. The following season, Garcia made four appearances for the first team and scored a goal in the 5-1 rout of Crystal Palace in the League cup.

Last summer, Garcia returned to Spain with Alaves on loan but made only one appearance before his loan deal was cut short. He then ended up with NAC Breda as part of Manchester City’s partnership with the club, and Garcia played a major role as they returned to the Eredivisie through the promotion playoffs. In 23 games, the Spaniard scored twice and added a further nine assists, which helped him become an instant fan favourite at the Rat Verlegh Stadion.

With a return to the Eredivisie to prepare for, NAC quickly returned to Manchester City and agreed a deal to keep Garcia on loan at the club next season. The Spaniard was more than happy to remain in Breda, “Here I feel good, welcome and happy. In town, but definitely on the field.”

Style of play

Garcia is a technically excellent midfielder whose vision and passing ability are his key attributes. He is small in stature, but always seems to find pockets of space on the field to work his magic, much like his Manchester City teammate David Silva, who he has often been compared to in England.

The Spaniard offers coach Stijn Vreven plenty of options for the season ahead, with Garcia capable of playing as a number ten or sitting deep and dictating play from just in front of the back four. He has good dribbling ability and showed last season that he can score goals and provide plenty of assists.

What to expect from Garcia this season

NAC Breda will be delighted to bring Garcia back to the Eredivisie this summer after such an impressive six months and he is definitely one to keep an eye on this season. The nineteen-year-old is hugely talented and alongside several Manchester City loanee’s who have arrived in Breda, he will form the backbone of the NAC starting line-up for the campaign ahead. He will be eager to impress at the top level of Dutch football and prove that he has a future in Manchester.

If NAC remains in the Eredivisie this season then you can expect Garcia to have played a major role.




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