Manchester Evening News

Alvarez is the future of club – Rodri

- By LIAM WOOD

RODRI expects Julian Alvarez to prove himself as ‘the future’ at City following his two matchwinni­ng goals against Burnley last night.

He was on target following Alvarez’s double for the Treble-winners in their 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium – with Ameen Al Dakhil netting a last-gasp consolatio­n.

Other than that 92nd-minute blip, the Blues were in control from start to finish against Vincent Kompany’s side and Alvarez played a leading role in the victory.

The birthday boy – who was celebratin­g turning 24 – displayed his goalscorin­g instincts on a night when City welcomed fit-again Erling Haaland back into their matchday squad.

During his post-match interview, Spanish midfielder Rodri told TNT Sports: “We’re happy with the result. Of course, it’s never easy against these teams, but had focus from the first minute.

“I thought we played a very complete game. In the second half with the third goal it was a little more relaxed.”

Rodri added: “He’s a good boy [Alvarez]. He doesn’t need to celebrate. I’m so happy for him because his season has been great. He’s now 24 and the future of this club.

“He’s very well adapted [since his transfer from River Plate]. I’m so happy for him.”

On his own strike, the Spaniard added: “I was shouting for Phil [Foden] to pass to me because I knew I was alone, but I was very happy to score and I always say that I could improve in these situations [scoring goals].”

City were handed a double selection boost for their midweek Premier League match. In addition to them having Haaland available for the first time since December 6, owing to a troublesom­e foot injury, the Treble-winners also had England regular John Stones available to start - following an ankle problem.

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Julian Alvarez found the net twice last night in the 3-1 win over Burnley
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