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Eric Garcia wants to leave Manchester City after turning down new deal, says Pep Guardiola

Sergio Aguero still in Barcelona and will not feature against Real Madrid on Friday, Guardiola confirms

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City defender Eric Garcia has rejected a new contract and wants to leave the club

Pep Guardiola has revealed that Eric Garcia has told Manchester City he does not want to sign a new contract and believes the young defender wants to leave the club.

Spain Under-21 international centre-back Garcia - who is now in the final 12 months of his City deal - has played in eight of the club's 12 games since the restart and was offered an extension.

But ahead of City's Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid on Friday, Guardiola said: "He announced to us that he doesn't want to extend his contract with Manchester City.

"He has one more year and after that, he doesn't want to extend. We want it but he doesn't want to, so I imagine he wants to play in another place."

Nathan Ake defends against Kevin De Bruyne as Bournemouth take on Man City early in the season
Image: City have signed Nathan Ake from Bournemouth and are also keen to bring in Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly

Garcia's decision to turn down a new City contract comes just days after they signed fellow centre-back Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41m.

The Premier League runners-up are embarking on a rebuild after surrendering their title to Liverpool and have already signed Valencia winger Ferran Torres in addition to Ake.

Improving the defence is considered a priority at City this summer and they are keen to add a new left-back and another centre-back, most likely Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly.

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Aguero still in Barcelona, confirms Guardiola

Image: Pep Guardiola is unsure if Sergio Aguero will be fit to play in the latter stages of the Champions League, should City get past Real Madrid

Ahead of Friday's match at the Etihad, Guardiola confirmed that Sergio Aguero would not be fit to help City in their bid to hold on to their first leg advantage over Real.

The Argentine striker has not played since suffering a knee injury in June and underwent surgery in Barcelona.

Guardiola is unsure whether Aguero will be fit to feature in the latter stages of the Champions League - should City get past Real - saying: "He is getting better.

"I spoke with the doctors and everything is like we thought but he is still in Barcelona so I don't know. Hopefully he can come back and start training with us but I don't know."

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