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FC Barcelona: La Masía runs empty

After Jordi Mboula leave another great talent in the training centre of FC Barcelona: Eric Garcia pulls to Manchester City.

Eric García: a new Gerard Piqué? © GF

Last week, we reported that Jordi Mboula, an eighteen-year-old striker, AS Monaco attracts because he is no sense to compete with the MSN trident. It is remarkable that now the sixteen-year-old Eric Garcia has decided to La Masía to leave. He will go for 1,7 million euros to Manchester City, where he has a contract of three seasons, signed.

García is a central defender and it is well known that FC Barcelona for several years with the problems it faces in that sector. At the Catalan club, they are also furious that the broker of García played a major role in the transfer. That is none other than … ex-captain Carles Barcelona. That said on the Barçabestuur that his pupil leave the club because he thinks that he is at Manchester City more speelminuten will get in the first team. Pep Guardiola is delighted by the defender, in whom he has a new Gerard Piqué looks. García reads the game well and is a master in the uitverdedigen.

The fact is that the players from la cantera in the last few years less and less speelminuten. In the last season under Luis Enrique gathered the players from Barça B to 526 speelminuten in the first team, the lowest of the past 22 years. In his debut year in Catalonia, given Pep Guardiola the guys from the second team yet 4543 minutes.

The depopulation of La Masía is not new. Just think of Piqué and Messi Fàbregas, respectively, on their seventeenth and sixteenth for Manchester United, and Arsenal drew. But the dam seems to be the last few years completely to be broken: Héctor Bellerín (2011, Arsenal), Keita Baldé (2011, Lazio), Mauro Icardi (2011, Sampdoria), Adama Traoré (2015, Aston Villa), Sandro Ramírez (2016, Málaga)… players like Thiago Alcántara and Marc Bartra , left Barça in the absence of speelminuten. Food for thought in the boardroom of FC Barcelona.

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