Julian Alvarez Confirms Conversation With Sergio Aguero Before Joining Manchester City
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Earlier today, Manchester City officially confirmed the arrival of Julian Alvarez.
The promising striker signed a five-and-a-half year contract in January after completing a £14.1 million move, but was sent straight back to River Plate on loan for the remainder of the season.
City say Alvarez will fly into Manchester over the weekend and begin pre-season preparations with his new teammates on Monday.
Taking the number 19 - previously worn by Leroy Sané - Alvarez has arrived at the club with plenty of excitement and his performances in South America further emphasises that.
Many Blues supporters have already crowned him the heir to Sergio Agüero's throne, with the Argentine's iconic celebration around mimicked by Alvarez in River Plate action.
Speaking of the club's all-time leading goalscorer, the 22-year-old - in his first interview as a City player - was asked if he had spoke to anyone before joining in January.
"We all know how important Kun was for Manchester City and what he means for the world too, as a club player and as a player for the Argentinian national team as well,” Alvarez began.
“I had the opportunity to speak with him and he told me many things about the city, about the teammates, about Manchester City in general.
He continued: “I also spoke with Willy Caballero and Nicolas Otamendi since we are teammates in the national team.
“I am very excited about what's to come and I'm very happy to be part of this club.”
As mentioned by Alvarez himself, the striker joins a long line of prestigious Argentine's to play for City - particularly in the modern era.
Pablo Zabaleta - who left the club in 2017 - was part of City's DNA since before the takeover and quite rightly is seen as a cult hero for his dogged performances at right-back.
There is also room in the club's history for the likes of Willy Caballero and Nicolas Otamendi, but no-one comes close to Agüero when talking about legendary status.
Rewarded with a statue outside the Etihad Stadium, Agüero was not only the scorer of City's most famous goal, but a serial winner - leaving in 2021 with 12 major trophies in hand.
If Alvarez can replicate even half of what the clinical striker achieved in Sky Blue, then his time at the club will have been a huge success.
He is likely to make his first appearance in a fortnight, when City take on Club América in their first pre-season friendly.