Julian Alvarez says it is “a privilege” to play with Erling Haaland at Manchester City, calling the Norway forward “the best in the world”.
The two were among the fresh faces at the Etihad Stadium ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, brought in to fill an attacking void left by the departure of Sergio Aguero a year prior.
Despite superb form during his final months at River Plate, Alvarez has found himself playing second fiddle to former Borussia Dortmund attacker Haaland, who has been almost unstoppable.
But the Argentina international believes it is an honour to call the Leeds-born forward his team-mate, and thinks the pair will learn from each other over the course of their partnership at City.
“First and foremost, it’s a privilege playing with him,” Alvarez said ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla. “It is always great to play alongside the best in the world.
“I have played with him and without him and I think we can learn from each other both ways. I like he always wants to bring the best to the team.
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“We’re very different players, but people have to adapt to different types of play and different styles when players line up. I like to occupy different positions on the pitch.
“In River I had other players who were big goalscorers so the same thing happened. I’m used to these types of situations.
“I trust in myself and in my own ability and know the other players trust me as well. It’s important that however way we can, we win.”
Alvarez has managed just five starts across 16 appearances this term in all competitions, though three of those have come in the Champions League.
Haaland will sit out City’s final group-stage game after he missed the Premier League win over Leicester, though he could return for their next top-flight game against Fulham on Saturday.