Manchester City midfielder tipped for move to Russia

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The Champions could be about to free up some space in their midfield by offloading Javi Garcia.

Manchester City outcast Javi Garcia is on the verge of joining Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg, according to TalkSport.

The midfielder has dropped down the pecking order at the Etihad following the arrival of Fernandinho last summer, and has seen his game time limited.

Garcia has been pushed closer to the exit door this transfer window after the Champions signed Fernando from Porto, and then Frank Lampard on loan from New York City.

The Spaniard was considered an odd signing from the moment he arrived from Benfica back in 2012, where then manager Roberto Mancini recruited him.

Mancini also brought in Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and defender Maicon that season, in what was eventually considered panic business in an attempt to defend their Premier League title.

But now Garcia’s time in the Premier League looks to be at an end as Manuel Pellegrini trims his squad in time for the new season.

The Chilean boss has Yaya Toure, in addition to Fernandinho, Fernando and Lampard, who can all play the role of a central and/or holding midfielder, with seemingly no room for Garcia.

The 27-year-old has also been used as a utility centre-half at times in his City career, but with the imminent arrival of Eliaquim Mangala at the club, he will not be needed to fill the void.

The Citizen’s begin their season this weekend, and can claim the first silverware of the new season when they take on Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley.

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