Manchester City center-back Eric García, who is in the final year of his contract at Etihad, said it would be “special” to have the opportunity to play alongside Lionel Messi.
opted against renewing his contract at the Etihad Stadium and is set to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the current season.
The 20-year-old’s former clubBarcelona
are said to be his destination and they have been heavily linked with a move for him since last summer.
The center-back has admitted playing with Blaugrana talisman
would be special for him.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Spain's opening set of 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Garcia told reporters
: "Everyone knows that Messi is the best player in the world, it would be special for anyone [to play alongside him], week after week what he does is incredible."
Pressed on whether he has held any talks with Barca president Joan Laporta over a free transfer move, the City defender responded
: "No, neither Laporta nor anyone else has contacted me.
"I made the decision not to renew [with City] - and what I will do, I don't know. The only option I have right now is to focus on the present."