Manchester City could decide to loan out Julian Alvarez again this summer, once the £17million signing finally arrives from River Plate.
Pep Guardiola said on Friday the 22-year-old Argentina striker is now good enough for the Premier League leaders but the incredible depth he has has made staying in South America his best option.
Once Alvarez, who for now has been loaned out to River Plate, arrives this summer, the City boss will decide whether to promote him to the first team or not.
Guardiola said: “He’s a player who could be with us now but we have enough players in this position and I don’t like having many in multiple positions.
“The best [choice] is to stay at River Plate. He has evolved incredibly well in recent years with Marcelo Gallardo. Next pre-season he will be with us and then we will decide what happens.
“In pre-season, every season the team moves. Personally I am and we are really happy to have this talented young player for the next few years.
City face Championship leaders Fulham in the FA Cup on Saturday which could see Guardiola give some of his young stars a runout.
On the club’s planning for the future, he noted: “[It’s] so important. We are a young team except Fernandinho and [Scott] Carson.
“The average age is so good, the club has to work to keep these players. They behave very well, they all love to play football and are incredibly focused.
“We have to keep them and the club has to win the Premier League. The pandemic is difficult for everyone, I don’t know what will happen but the soul and the heart of the team are young.