Guardiola: We have signed a top-class player

Pep Guardiola
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Pep Guardiola thinks Manchester City have signed a ‘top class young player’ following Julian Alvarez’s City debut against Club America.

Asked to assess Alvarez’s performance, Guardiola was impressed by the 22-year-old’s work ethic off the ball and quality on it.

Guardiola said: “Julian (Alvarez) was incredible, defensively he is quite similar like Gabriel (Jesus).

“Gabriel is probably the best, but he is close to him in aggression and how intuitive he is, he makes the runs and with the ball he’s absolutely brilliant.

“He can keep the ball and you can link with him without a problem.

“We have the feeling we signed a top-class young player for the next years to come, and we are delighted.

“The job that Mareclo Gallardo did at River Plate, we have the benefit, and hopefully he can grow up in an important league like Premier League.”