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‘So much quality’: Manuel Akanji names the Manchester City player who impressed him in his first training session
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‘So much quality’: Manuel Akanji names the Manchester City player who impressed him in his first training session

Manchester City looked like they had done most of their business early in the transfer window.

Erling Haaland stole the headlines, but Pep Guardiola’s side also brought in Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega.

However, Man City dipped into the market on deadline day, and brought in centre-back Manuel Akanji from Dortmund.

The Swiss defender has spoken to The Athletic after his move to the English champions.

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The 27-year-old addressed a number of topics after his £15m move, including his first impressions in training.

After his first training session, Akanji said he was already really impressed with young forward Julian Alvarez.

“In my first session I trained with the guys who didn’t play against Nottingham Forest and there were some young players from the academy and the second team who are already good and bringing so much quality.” Akanji said.

“Julian Alvarez is really good and is still young — he needs to adapt a little bit as well to the football we play here but you can also see things in him that are good.”

Akanji already impressed with Alvarez in training

The absolute brilliant of Erling Haaland is the only reason Julian Alvarez hasn’t seen more game time this season.

Signed from River Plate in January, Alvarez spent the rest of the season back on loan at the Argentinian club.

Alvarez first came to English fans attention after scoring a double hat-trick in the Copa Libertadores in May.

He then scored a consolation goal on his City debut in the Community Shield against Liverpool.

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez has already raved about the forward, and he’ll be thankful Guardiola didn’t bring him off the bench last weekend when their sides played.

Guardiola has confirmed that he will eventually have to rest Haaland, despite scoring 10 goals in his first six league games.

Once he does, Man City fans might get more of a glimpse of Alvarez, and will hope to be as impressed as Akanji has been.

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