Man City player ‘set to reject’ Real Madrid and Barcelona despite being ‘ostracised’ by teammate

Man City duo Alvarez and Haaland Credit: Alamy
Man City duo Alvarez and Haaland Credit: Alamy

Man City forward Julian Alvarez is reportedly ‘set to reject’ interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona as he is ‘very happy’ at the Premier League club.

Alvarez has impressed since he joined Man City last year from Argentinian side River Plate. He has grabbed 10 goals and three assists in 31 outings across all competitions.

This is even with him largely playing second fiddle to Erling Haaland, who has been in sensational goalscoring form following his move from Borussia Dortmund.

The Norway international has grabbed 33 goals and four assists in 33 appearances since he signed for Manchester City.

Alvarez is already being linked with a move elsewhere. Earlier this week, Spanish outlet Sport reported that Barcelona boss Xavi has ‘asked’ the club to sign the striker.

The report added that Haaland has left him ‘ostracised’ and he ‘could ask’ for his ‘departure’ at the end of this current campaign.

Football Insider are reporting that Real Madrid are also interested in Alvarez, but he is ‘set to reject’ the Spanish giants.

They are refuting the report from Sport as they have stated that Alvarez is ‘very happy’ at Man City. The Premier League side are even ‘expecting him to agree a new contract’.

It is suggested that ‘there are not likely to be any obstacles which would prevent an agreement – even amid interest from El Clasico giants in Spain’.

Real Madrid and Barcelona were keen to ‘take advantage of his backup status’ to sign him this summer but the report claims that he is not currently interested in a move to Spain.

In his column for Football Insider, Pete O’Rourke adds that Man City see Alvarez as a ‘long-term project’.

‘Talks are ongoing about a new contract for Julian Alvarez,’ O’Rourke wrote.

‘They want to reward him for his progress by bringing him more in line with the top earners at the club, even with his current deal set to expire in 2027.

‘He’s very happy at the club, and the club are very happy with him, and Man City are not expecting any obstacles to arise in these talks, I’m told.

‘There have been whispers of interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

‘If he’s not going to start regularly for City, then perhaps it does raise the question of him being lured away.

‘But they see him as a long-term project and the club want him in the squad as they challenge for more and more honours.’

O’Rourke has also confirmed that Nathan Ake is ‘in talks’ with Man City over a new contract.

‘Nathan Ake is also in talks about a new deal, not even a year after he was expected to move to Chelsea,” O’Rouke added.

‘It’s a big turnaround for him, but he’s re-established himself in this side. His versatility has been key for City after Joao Cancelo left the club.

‘City want him to sign a longer-term deal with his current contract set to expire in 2025.’

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