Carlos Tevez now comments on £26m player who is set to join Manchester City

Carlos Tevez has now shared his thoughts on Claudio Echeverri as the River Plate wonderkid prepares to join Manchester City.

The 39-year-old made the comments when speaking to TyC Sports.

So, what did Carlos Tevez say about Claudio Echeverri? Let’s take a look…

Tevez praises Echeverri

Well, the Argentina U17 international is the talk of South America right now as Manchester City agree a £26m package with River Plate for his signature – all that awaits is an official announcement, it seems.

Echeverri has already been compared to Diego Maradona, and now, Tevez has praised the 18-year-old further.

The man who made 148 appearances for Manchester City said: “He seems – to me – to be a very interesting player, who is not seen today. I was very surprised by the personality he has.

“I see a great future. Let’s get used to the fact that when a gem comes out like that we are going to enjoy it.”

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Echeverri put his name up in lights with a stunning hat trick against Brazil at the U17 World Cup, which seemingly prompted Manchester City to pay a significant fee for his services.

Manchester City fans must wait to see Echeverri

As exciting as this deal is, Manchester City fans will have to be patient.

Enzo Francescoli – Director of Football at River Plate – confirmed the agreement earlier this week, but revealed that the Argentinian giants will take Echeverri back on loan for a year.

The 62-year-old told ESPN: “River have the condition of at least having him play for a year. Things have been done well, with the will of the boy, his representative and City, who could have waited six months to take him.”

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Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola already has a wealth of attacking talent at the Etihad Stadium, so it is for the best that Echeverri continues his development away from Manchester City, at a club where he will play regular football.

In our view, Manchester City fans will look back at this £26m agreement as a bargain – in the modern era, the South American wonderkid only needs to bank one standout season in England before people describe him as a £100m talent.