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Eric Garcia refuses to discuss future after Champions League exit

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Manchester City defender Eric Garcia avoided the possibility of discussing his future with the club following their shock exit from the Champions League on Saturday.

The Premier League side fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Olympique Lyon in their quarter-final tie at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon.

Kevin De Bruyne’s strike was not enough for the Citizens as Moussa Dembele added spark to the Lyon team after coming off the bench in the last 15 minutes of the match.

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The 19-year-old has already been confirmed to have turned down a contract renewal offer at the Etihad Stadium amid reports of a move to Barcelona this summer.

And he remained tight-lipped on his future after their third successive exit from the competition at the quarter final round.

“The only thing I can say is that now we will have some days of rest and then we will see,” he told Movistar after the final whistle on Saturday. “I cannot say anything else, least of all after this elimination.”

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And despite his failure to guide City into the semi-finals of the competition once again, Garcia believes the club are on the right track under Pep Guardiola.

“We are very sad about this defeat, we came here with a plan to hurt Lyon. We had chances score and then on the counter they made it 2-1,” he added. “We have been working here for years and there is a clear upward trend. We thought we had a great chance because we were three games away from being champions.

“The quality of the players and all the staff is beyond doubt. Year after year we have to keep trying and it will surely come in the end.”

The youngster also expressed that it is sad to see David Silva fail to win the Champions League following his last appearance for the club in Lisbon.

“Of course [we wanted the final for Silva]. One of our goals was to win for him,” Garcia said of his compatriot, who played just seven minutes in Lisbon as a late substitute.

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