Date: 14th March 2023 at 11:30am
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Manchester City welcome German side RB Leipzig to The Etihad on Tuesday for a crucial Champions League tie. 

The two sides are level going into their last 16 second leg following a 1-1 draw in Germany two weeks ago, but City will be desperate to progress into the competition’s last eight.

Despite their domestic dominance in recent seasons, City are still yet to lift Europe’s top club trophy, but this season could present a good opportunity to do so with the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain having already been eliminated.

The Citizens will go into the game fresh from a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Erling Haaland’s late penalty was enough to secure three points for the reigning Premier League champions, who also missed a number of other chances.

Julian Alvarez went close to giving Pep Guardiola’s side the lead, but the Argentinian was unable to find the back of the net.

Now, the forward is set to be awarded a new contract as a reward for his fine form.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the striker has agreed an improved contract with the club, just months after joining City from Argentinian side River Plate.

Alvarez will sign a new deal with Manchester City this week

Romano claims that the 23-year-old will sign the new deal this week, committing his future to City for a further 12 months with his new deal set to run until 2028.

The Argentina international, who played a key role as the South American side won the World Cup in Qatar last year, will also be awarded a pay rise when he signs the new contract.

At present, he is said to be earning around £2.6 million-per-year, but Romano claims that he will see a significant pay rise.

Alvarez joined City last summer and has since scored ten goals in 32 matches across all competitions.

The player has largely been used as a backup for Erling Haaland, but it appears that he has still impressed Guardiola enough to earn a new deal.

It is also claimed that the player’s representatives received interest from other clubs, but Alvarez was only ever interested in staying put in Manchester.

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