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Manchester City Planning To Tie This Striker Down To A New Deal: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Mirror stated that Manchester City are planning to tie Julian Alvarez down to a new deal. It has been claimed that the Mancunian giants are hoping to open talks with the Argentina international over a new and improved contract.

Alvarez’s Recent Form At Man City

Alvarez has struggled to earn a regular starting spot at the Etihad Stadium this season but has managed to put in some eye-catching displays as the focal point of Pep Guardiola’s attack. The 23-year-old has banged in nine goals and earned two assists in 29 matches for Man City during this campaign in all competitions.

The Argentine sensation has seen most of his appearances come off the bench which could be why he is only averaging 1.2 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. However, he deserves credit for being careful when interchanging possession with his teammates in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 82.4% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Etihad Stadium is set to run out in the summer of 2027. Hence, there is no immediate need for Man City to extend his deal unless they are worried about losing him in the future.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Manchester City Planning To Tie Alvarez Down To A New Contract: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

Alvarez can create space for himself to get some shots in at goal and can be a good finisher in the final third when he is playing regularly and with confidence on the pitch. He has also got the vision to play a few decisive passes in the opponent’s half and can make some decent runs with the ball as well.

However, the 19-time Argentina international has found himself behind Erling Haaland in Pep Guardiola‘s pecking order at the Etihad Stadium this season. Still, there is no denying that Alvarez has got a very bright future ahead of him and could help Man City taste even more success over the next decade.

Thus, the Mancunian giants should offer him a new, lucrative contract as it will be a good move for everyone involved. Guardiola can show his faith in the player by rewarding him with a new deal. Alvarez can also benefit from getting his long-term future sorted at the Manchester club and focusing solely on getting better for them on the playing field.

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