Garcia played in five straight Ryder Cups from his debut in 1999 but that run ended last year when a slump meant he failed to make the line-up at Celtic Manor.
Olazabal's predecessor, Colin Montgomerie, enlisted Garcia's services as a vice-captain as Europe regained the trophy in thrilling fashion.
Garcia's form has started to improve during 2011, including top-10 finishes at the US Open and Open during the summer.
"I am sure Sergio will be in the Ryder Cup, he's got a special charisma and a solid game," said Olazabal.
"His best motivation is to know what it feels like to be in the Ryder Cup without playing."
Garcia, down at 49th in the latest world rankings, is teeing it up this week at his home club for the European Tour's Castello Masters - and is in upbeat mood.
"It's been a very positive year. There is still room for improvement but things are much better," said the 31-year-old.
"I'm feeling much more confident about my game now. What I'm feeling right now is very different to what I was feeling before.
"Last year I was here physically but not mentally. I tried hard but my mind wasn't where it needed to be."
On his Ryder Cup ambitions, the former world number two added: "The Ryder Cup is one of my goals. I want to make it.
"Everyone knows how special it is to me. As Jose Maria said, I know what it is like to be there without playing and I don't want to repeat the experience.
"Unless I go as captain I won't go back to the Ryder Cup if I'm not playing."
He is back up to 49th in the rankings after coming seventh in the US Open, ninth in The Open and 12th at the USPGA - but having lost a five-hole play-off to compatriot Pablo Larrazabal at the BMW International in June, his last victory is now almost three years ago.
"Without a doubt the Ryder Cup is one of my goals next year," he added. "I want to make it - I don't want to be chosen and leave that pick to the captain.
"Everyone knows how special the Ryder Cup is for me. As Jose Maria said, I know what it's like to be there without playing and I don't want to repeat the experience.
"If things go as well as they have this year I feel I have a very good chance.
"I'm feeling much more confident about my game. What I'm feeling right now is very different to what I was feeling before.
"Last year I was here physically, but not mentally. I tried hard, but my mind wasn't where it needed to be.
"Now I feel like I am ready to fight, even if things don't go as planned."
Garcia played with tennis ace Rafael Nadal in today's pro-am and is in the star group tomorrow and Friday as well.
His partners for the first two rounds are 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero, whose victory last year made him the youngest winner in European Tour history, and England's 20-year-old Tom Lewis, whose win at the Portugal Masters on Sunday came in only his third professional event.
Garcia achieved the feat in six starts - and his fourth in Europe - 12 years ago and Manassero in his 12th on the circuit as a pro.