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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that he is happy with the Julian Alvarez deal but is happy to wait until the summer for the forward to join the club. Alvarez was a deadline day signing from River Plate and is set to finish the season with the club. The 21-year-old scored 20 goals in 28 games in 2021.

“I saw the player many times and had information about him, and for the age, for the price, for many reasons said ‘wow, for the future it is a really, really good deal’. The guy who has a sense of goal, the quality, the movement in behind, he’s a street player,” Pep Guardiola said about Julian Alvarez. “He’s a player who could be already with us right now, but we have enough players in that position. I don’t like to have the many players in several positions and the best thing for him is to stay with River Plate where he has developed incredibly well in the last few years under Marcelo Gallardo.”

“Everybody knows how important Joao is for us and what he has done in the last two seasons, especially this season. We struggled together, in the first part when he arrived, we didn’t agree on many things, and that was partly my mistakes,” he added about Joao Cancelo. “I’m so delighted that he’s fully happy here and can play for this club for the next years because he is a versatile player who can play in many positions, he’s a guy who can play every day, his physicality is impressive, and of course, there are skills that he has.”

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