Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has discussed the start World Cup winner Julian Alvarez has made at the Etihad
Kevin De Bruyne has congratulated Julian Alvarez for winning the World Cup and believes he’s had a great start to life at Manchester City.
Despite being the reigning South American footballer of the year, Alvarez’s arrival from River Plate in the summer was overshadowed somewhat by the signing of fellow striker Erling Haaland. The Norwegian sensation is understandably the first choice to lead the line which has meant the majority of Alvarez’s Premier League appearances have come off the bench.
The 22-year-old has still made a promising start, however, with seven goals and took that confidence into the World Cup where his introduction into the starting XI turned Argentina’s fortunes around and spurred them on to lift the famous trophy. De Bruyne is pleased for Alvarez and assessed the impact he’s made at the Etihad.
“I think when he came into the club they were speaking about this young talent from Argentina and at the beginning we saw that he was a really talented player,” he told City’s official website.
“You don’t know what will happen when players come from South America, but he already seemed like an adult player playing for us. I am happy for him, he is a really nice guy and really shy. But he can call himself a world champion, so he will feel great!
“I think he has settled in really well. Maybe he felt he could have played a little bit more, but the more the season has gone on, the more and more he has played. He has actually scored quite a few goals.
“His English is not that bad and coming from Argentina to England is a whole different world, so I think he has adapted really well and he is happy here also. I am happy for him.”