David García de la Cruz
García (right) in action for Espanyol
|Full name||David García de la Cruz|
|Date of birth||16 January 1981|
|Place of birth||Manresa, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Manresa, Barcelona, Catalonia, García was a product of RCD Espanyol's youth system, and made his first-team and La Liga debut on 8 January 2000 in a 0–0 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruña, becoming a regular fixture in the 2001–02 season and also being named second team captain after Raúl Tamudo, the only player to have been on Espanyol's books for longer.
In early 2007, García renewed his link to the Pericos for a further two seasons, stating about the deal: "I want to finish my career here. I can't imagine myself wearing any other shirt." During that campaign, however, he only appeared in 16 games overall (nine in the league, adding seven in the club's runner-up run in the UEFA Cup).
In 2008–09 García played in just 14 league matches as he suffered some injuries, but was instrumental in the final stretch, appearing in seven complete contests out of the last ten – of which Espanyol won eight. On 12 June 2009 he extended his contract for two additional seasons, appearing in 38 league games in the following two seasons combined.
- David García renueva por el Espanyol hasta Junio de 2009 (David García renews with Espanyol until June 2009); Terra, 16 February 2007 (Spanish)
- David García amplia su contrato con el Espanyol dos años más (David García extends Espanyol contract for two more years); El Mundo Deportivo, 12 June 2009 (Spanish)