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Alvarez welcomes competition for places at City

Julian Alvarez has welcomed the fierce competition for places within Manchester City’s squad.

Since his July 2022 arrival from River Plate, the 22-year-old attacker has started only one of his eight City appearances, with the rest coming from the bench as he adapts to life in English football.  

However, this hasn’t stopped him from showcasing his talent and producing eye-catching displays.

He netted on debut against Liverpool in the Community Shield final, before bagging a brace in our 6-0 league victory over Nottingham Forest in August.

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And Alvarez revealed he’s learning every day from his new teammates.

“In every team there is internal competition, but healthy competition like is always said,” Alvarez stated.

“It is always good to compete and to share the locker room with the best players in the world. In your position because you learn, and you grow a lot.

“And I’m here to do those things.”

For the Argentine, joining City has fulfilled an ambition to rub shoulders with the game’s elite.

But the 22-year-old admitted he was surprised by the quality of his colleagues during his first training sessions.

“Well there are a lot of good players here, all of them play beautiful football. Skilful football,” he continued.

“The first days I told my family I was very surprised by Ilkay (Gundogan) and Kevin (De Bruyne) for how he controls the ball and how he moves in small spaces and his technical skillset.

“I’ve always said I wanted to play with the best players in the world. Well now here at Manchester City but that goes for the national team as well.

“With the vast majority of players playing here in Europe, you learn a lot. Not just watching them but also sharing the pitch with them.”

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