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Julian Alvarez speaks out on potential Chelsea move this summer

Julian Alvarez has dismissed claims he is pushing for a transfer move away from Manchester City and says he is ‘comfortable and happy’ at the Etihad.

Alvarez has enjoyed two good seasons at Man City, scoring 17 goals as Pep Guardiola’s team secured a historic treble in 2022-23 and 19 as the Sky Blues clinched a record fourth consecutive Premier League title in 2023-24.

Despite often playing back-up to Erling Haaland, only seven Manchester City players earned more minutes than Alvarez last campaign.

Given Alvarez will never displace Haaland, who has scored an incredible 90 goals in 98 games for Man City, the Argentine has been linked with a move away from the Etihad in order to get more game time & increase his prominence.

According to reports, Atletico Madrid have failed with a move for the 24-year-old, while Chelsea are said to have expressed interest as they look to bring in summer signings for Enzo Maresca.

Alvarez is aware of the speculation over his future but says he is ‘happy’ at City, though he did not completely rule out the possibility of a move elsewhere.

‘A lot is being said about my future but I’m calm,’ he told SportsCenter. ‘I’m comfortable and happy at Manchester City. We’ll see what happens.’

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with Alvarez but it appears as though he will be staying at Man City for at least one more season.

PSG are looking to sign a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, whose move to Real Madrid was confirmed just last week, and are also looking at Victor Osimhen.

Chelsea have a good relationship with Man City, having signed Cole Palmer & Raheem Sterling from the Premier League champions in recent years. Mateo Kovacic went the other way when he arrived at the Etihad.

The Blues, who appointed ex-Leicester City manager Maresca as Pochettino’s replacement, struggled for goals last season, with only two players – Palmer and Nicolas Jackson – reaching double figures in the league.

Chelsea secured their first signing of the summer last week, bringing Tosin Adarabioyo to the club following the expiration of his deal with west London rivals Fulham.

‘Chelsea is a huge club and this is a full-circle moment for me. I was born three miles away from Stamford Bridge and made my professional debut there,’ the 26-year-old said.

‘I’m very excited and looking forward to helping push the club in the direction we want to go.’

After Adarabioyo’s arrival, Chelsea are expected to offload Trevoh Chalobah, who has attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.

   

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