By Kevin Campbell

22nd Jun, 2022 | 1:38pm

Man City plan for Julian Alvarez could be 'stroke of genius' - Campbell

Kevin Campbell has backed Man City manager Pep Guardiola’s decision not to loan out Julian Alvarez ahead of next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker suspects the call could prove to be “a stroke of genius.”

Man City signed Julian Alvarez in January but the forward will remain on loan at River Plate until 7 July.

According to Fabrizio Romano (20 June), at least five European clubs have contacted City with a view to signing the forward on loan for the 2022-23 campaign.

However, the Premier League champions are said to have no interest in letting the Argentina international leave.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on the decision, Campbell said: “I think he has got a new team to learn about.

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“He needs to learn a new system and how to play with new players.

“It might be more beneficial for him to be in and around the first team week in, week out.

“I’m sure he will get cameo appearances and starts in the cups. That will allow him to find his feet.

“It might prove to be a stroke of genius from Pep Guardiola. He might prove to be a revelation. You never know.

“Man City are probably going to lose two prominent player in [Gabriel] Jesus and [Raheem] Sterling so he might be needed. I think they are doing the right thing keeping Alvarez at the club.”

In other news, Liverpool have been backed to challenge Man City for the title after transfer plan is reported.