MANCHESTER CITY-bound starlet Julian Alvarez conjured up two goals and as many assists during a stellar performance for River Plate.
City signed the 22-year-old hot-shot striker for £17million in January.But Alvarez was aided by luck for his first goal as the ball fell into his path from a wild deflection[/caption]
And he gave the Citzyens a mouth-watering taster of what to expect when he arrives at the Etihad this summer after taking centre-stage in River’s 5-1 win over Union Santa Fe.
The striker turned provider for River’s first two goals, initially teeing up team-mate Braian Romero, before assisting Enzo Fernandez.
And then it was Alvarez’s turn to strike home, but he was aided by a wild deflection from an opposition player.
Alvarez was gifted the ball after it smacked a Union player in the face and then landed in space on the edge of the penalty box.
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Eagle-eyed Alvarez was on hand to pounce first on the loose ball and fire it home with ease.
But Alvarez wasn’t done yet, and added to his tally in added time with a delicate chip over the oncoming keeper.
And Alvarez’s desire to help the team will excite City’s fans.
After his masterclass, he said: “As I always say, I try to give my best in every game, help with whatever it takes, when it comes to recovering, assisting and scoring goals, if the goals come to help the team, they are welcome.”
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City boss Pep Guardiola will be hoping Alvarez can keep up his rich vein of form next season alongside fellow new signing Erling Haaland.
There’s space for Alvarez to flourish for City in the upcoming campaign with South American compatriot Gabriel Jesus set to leave Manchester for new pastures.
Arsenal are leading the race for his signature, but Real Madrid are also tracking the forward.