Heralded as the future crack of Villarreal training center, Aleix Garcia (19 yo) decided, a year ago to cross the fly to the English Premier League to complete his training at Man City.
Aleix Garcia is the symbol of perfect player and hard worker.
The arrival of Aleix Garcia in Summer 2015 predicted the beginning of a new era for Man City. Now equipped with an advanced training center, whose construction cost around € 270 million, they hope the new Spanish player to be the new Lionel Messi. By the admission of Pablo Zabaleta, told El Mundo last season: “these facilities increase the level of demand and are attractive to attract great players.”
Since the summer arrival of Pep Guardiola, one of whose hobbies is still to discover and launch young nuggets, Aleix Garcia won Pep’s approval. Countryman Aleix Garcia himself is the incarnation. Increasingly used, the former Villarreal player is talented, intelligent, and this fiber of tiki-taka ardently desired by the new coach fits Man City news style of playing perfectly.
Long before the arrival of the “divine” Pep Guardiola, the management of Man City made the training center one of its priorities: “We are building a structure for the future not just a team of stars.” Between the recruitment of Ferran Soriano, former vice president of Barça and Txiki Begiristain, sporting former director, the Barcelona model is rapidly emerging as an ideal to reproduce.
With a colossal budget for its construction, the Man City Football Academy aims to become the ultimate training centers. It includes about 80 hectares: a dormitory for 400 young players, college, high school, a medical center, six soccer fields, a stadium of 7,000 seats, a gym, a cafeteria, 450 employees offices club, a swimming pool… All these to show the Red Devils (Manchester United, the historic rival) that attracting young nuggets from around the world, it surpasses all other existing training centers of world football.
In this context, Txiki Begiristain quickly attaches the services of two former educators: Rodolfo Borrell, also former director of the Liverpool training center since the passage of Rafa Benítez receives the duty to refine the philosophy taught in football schools of Man City. A mission in which Pep Segura accompanies him, responsible for the discovery of Fàbregas and Messi when he was coaching the FC Barcelona. Then, began a migration of young Spanish players like Denis Suárez and Jose Angel Pozo. Yet the success of these new players is delayed, disappointments largely taking precedence over the satisfactions. The leap into the unknown that did not scare Aleix Garcia, the new crack of Villarreal and in lower categories of the Roja (Spanish national Teams), who decided to fly to Manchester in the summer of 2015.
Aleix Garcia declared: “I’m a player who likes to be in contact with the ball and still play with my teammates. Man City is similar to what I learned in Villarreal and with the Spanish selection. This helps me to fit in here.”
In fact, 18-years-old player at the times, Aleix Garcia didn’t lose his identity after his arrival to England. He prefers to emphasize the added value that Man City brings him, not just economic part. The English Premier league helped Aleix Garcia to discover another football that helped him to improve his physical and defensive skills.
Its adaptation the past season, during which he mostly played and trained with the Man City U21, he caught the eye of his new mentor, Pep Guardiola, eager to format according to its precepts. The latest Manchester City scores and results in the English Premier League and the Champions League with their recent victory over Barcelona proved Man City, Pep and Aleix Garcia right.
The fact remains that the example of Aleix Garcia illustrates the dangerous temptation of Man City and the EPL in general: cram into its training center many international promises while forgetting to focus locally and potential great English players.