Javi Garcia admits early struggles at Manchester City

Garcia admits early struggles at City
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Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia admits he found life tough at the club early into his move from Benfica.

Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia has admitted that he found it hard going in his early days at the club as he struggled to communicate with his teammates.

The 26-year-old joined Roberto Mancini's side on transfer deadline day last summer from Benfica for a fee in the region of £16m.

Garcia told the Daily Star: "The first few months were very difficult for me and maybe that was to do with the language.

"Sometimes I went to the dressing room and I couldn't speak with my teammates.I still need to improve my English but now in training I can at least speak to my teammates."

Garcia has made 27 appearances for City in all competitions this season.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the FA Cup fourth round match against Stoke on January 26, 2013
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