Eric García Martret (born 9 January 2001) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Manchester City and the Spain national team. García moved from FC Barcelona at the age of 17 to Manchester City. He made his Premier League debut for City on 21 September 2019.
García was a part of La Masia, the Barcelona academy, before joining Manchester City in 2017. During his first season at City, he captained the under 18s and played for the under 19s in the UEFA Youth League.
He joined up with the first team during their 2018 summer pre-season in the United States. On 18 December 2018, García made his debut for City, starting in the EFL Cup quarter-final against Leicester City. He played in a centre back pairing with Nicolas Otamendi, with the game finishing 1–1, City winning the tie on penalties. He made his Premier League debut on 21 September, 2019 when he came on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Nicolás Otamendi in an 8–0 win over Watford.
García played two full games back to back for City over the Christmas and New Year period in 2019. The first game was against Sheffield United at home, which City won 2–0. A second home game in a couple of days, saw a second start for García, with City recording a 2–1 victory against Everton.
On 17 June 2020, García was in the starting eleven against Arsenal for City’s first game back after the COVID-19 pandemic break, with City recording a 3–0 win. Towards the end of the game, García was involved in a collision with Ederson and initially left him unconscious. García received lengthy on-field treatment before being stretchered off and supplied with oxygen. Despite the seriousness of the incident, García was discharged from hospital the next day. Manager Pep Guardiola stated in a press conference García’s injury was a concussion and expected him to be fit within 10 days.
On 6 August 2020, Guardiola announced in a press conference that García had rejected a contract extension, despite ending the league campaign as City’s first-choice partner for Aymeric Laporte.
On 1 March 2021, Guardiola announced in a press conference that García was to rejoin Barcelona as a free agent in the summer, signing until 2026.