Julian Alvarez to arrive in Manchester this weekend

By Ric Turner, Fri 08 July 2022 11:48

Julian Alvarez to arrive in Manchester this weekendArgentinian international to be unveiled at fan event on Sunday with other new signings

Julian Alvarez will arrive in Manchester this weekend, after playing his final game for River Plate.

The 22-year-old signed for City in January for a fee of around £14m, but remained at loan in Argentina until the end of the South American season.

He will wear the number 19 shirt, and will be presented to fans along with fellow new signings Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega at a special event on Sunday.

“I am incredibly happy and I feel ready to play for City,” he said.

“This is, without doubt, one of the biggest teams in world football. You only have to see what this team has won in the last decade to understand the quality of the setup.

“I feel confident I can flourish here. The style of play Pep encourages is exciting and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

“City has an amazing recent history of Argentinian players and I want to put my stamp on the Club in the same way Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez did.

“I am so thankful for everything River Plate did for me and I want to thank the fans, staff and players for their support.

“But I am now 100% focused on Manchester City. I want to give my best to this club, help my teammates and contribute to Manchester City’s success.”

Txiki Begiristain added: “I said when we announced the signing we were getting a player of significant potential and everything we have seen from him since then has only confirmed that.

“He scores all kinds of goals and has real variety in his game.

“We feel with the manager and staff we have here, he can develop even further and become a really top player.”