Would City consider letting Javi Garcia leave in January?

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The Spanish midfielder has struggled to recreate his best form since moving to Manchester, and is being linked with a switch to Napoli.

Transfer rumours surrounding Manchester City this week are suggesting that the Etihad Stadium outfit may be willing to let versatile Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia leave the club in January.

It is believed that Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has identified the former Benfica man as a possible player to bolster his squad in the new year, but should Manuel Pellegrini consider letting him go?

Garcia was an essential part of Benfica’s side that excelled in European competition, with links to the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona before he moved to City.

Since his switch to England, Garcia has struggled to command a regular run of games in the City first team with only 17 starts in the Premier League last season.

This term Garcia has only started five times and this has been predominantly due to injuries to others, such as Vincent Kompany.

There is no doubt that the Spaniard’s best position is in a defensive midfield role, but he has also been used as a centre-half. Garcia does not seem to have the physical attributes to play at the back, with his lack of pace seeing him cruelly caught out on a couple of occasions this term.

In a midfield role, Garcia possesses a competent range of passing and his positional sense suits the holding role that Pellegrini asks of him. However, Fernandinho is a more-rounded player that has the trust of his manager, and as such Garcia is likely to be on the bench more than he is on the pitch.

One forgotten man at the Etihad Stadium is Jack Rodwell, who has suffered from debilitating injuries this season but is nearing a return to fitness. When the England man is available for potential selection again, there is likely to be only one position for the pair to contest – most probably on the bench.

However, the former Everton midfielder’s availability could well see Pellegrini decide that it is time for the club to cut its losses on Garcia, who arrived with a lot of potential but failed to settle into life in England.

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