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Garcia vows to repay City faith

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 24 Dec 2012


Javi Garcia says Manchester City’s supporters have not yet seen the best of him with injury having hampered the Spanish midfielder.

Garcia was sidelined by a hamstring problem in October but has returned to start the defending champions’ last two matches against Newcastle and Reading.

After finding the target earlier in the season against Stoke, Garcia scored again against Newcastle and claimed it was an emotional moment for him after a difficult start to life in the English Premier League.

“I think the games against Stoke and Newcastle have been my best for City so far and I enjoyed the win at St James’ Park,” Garcia told City’s website.

“I have not shown my best form so far because I was out with an injury for a month and it takes time to adapt to the Premier League.

“The set-back came at a bad time for me and it’s been hard to get going.

“It was an emotional moment scoring at Newcastle because it had been a frustrating period for me in the weeks leading up to the game.

“I had been out of the team and needed to get back to full fitness and I wasn’t happy because I desperately want my season to get going to show my true form, but it hasn’t been easy.”

City needed a controversial late goal to see off struggling Reading on Saturday but Garcia believes they will collect plenty of points if they can perform as they did against Newcastle on a regular basis.

“If we play as well as that, we are going to be very difficult to stop and, if we continue to have that attitude, we’ll be very hard to beat,” Garcia said.

City have moved to within four points of arch-rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League after their 1-0 win over Reading.

Having drawn with Everton and lost to Manchester United to begin December, Garcia’s side have recovered over the past two weeks.

The 25-year-old midfielder hopes he is starting to pay back the reported 15.8 million pounds City paid to sign him from Benfica and wants to keep contributing throughout the busy festive period.

“Now I feel great …I needed the goal and performance at Newcastle,” Garcia said.

“I can give the team a lot more and I hope to get the opportunity to show what I can do in the coming weeks.

“I want to get some momentum and playing over the Christmas period where the games come thick and fast could be the perfect opportunity to do that.”


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