Fresh out of the Mexican market, AFC Ajax announced defender Edson Alvarez as Matthijs de Ligt’s replacement for next season.
The Club America youth product already made the headlines last year when he performed at the FIFA World Cup with Mexico, he had a good showing and made a lot of heads from Europe turn.
The Dutch market is one of the most preferred havens for Mexican talent in history, they have some pretty important footballers coming for various clubs.
PSV Eindhoven is the club to where more Mexicans have gone, Andres Guardado is a bonified legend for the ‘Farmers’.
Carlos Salcido also made a name for himself in that club, and we can’t forget about the Hirving Lozano/Erick Gutierrez duo that is currently playing there.
Defender Hector Moreno also had an initial spell for AZ Alkmaar, and then he too played for PSV.
However, no Mexican had ever played for AFC Ajax.
The Dutch giants are the most important football club in the Netherlands, they have a long tradition of winning many international titles and they are currently going through a revival.
— Edson Álvarez (@EdsonAlvarez19) July 19, 2019
The negotiations for this specific player were happening for a while now, AFC Ajax knew they had to find for Matthijs’ de Ligt’s replacement as soon as possible.
Their options are always limited because they are not usually a club that buys very expensive players, Ajax’s market is in the undiscovered talent.
Edson meets all the needs that the Dutch club had after De Ligt made his decision to leave.
We are talking about a dominant defender who is 1.85 meters, he is exceptionally good in the air and he also has outstanding ball control.
In fact, Edson was often utilized as a defensive midfielder by manager Juan Carlos Osorio with the Mexican National Team.
This means that manager Erik ten Hag has a versatile player who can perform in different positions, but the idea is to use him as the starting centre-back from the very beginning.
AFC Ajax was already trying to sign a Mexican player in recent years, they attempted to buy Diego Lainez from Club America as well but the player opted to go to Real Betis.
The Dutch club also wanted to make a statement with his signing, they paid €15 million for him.
This price makes Alvarez the most expensive Mexican player who came from Liga MX in football history.
See you soon! 😍🇲🇽
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) July 19, 2019
Alvarez’s first words as an Ajax player.
“It’s a new challenge for me. I’m coming with all the determination. This is a historic club in the Netherlands, I know about the responsibility this entails,” said Alvarez ina press conference on Friday.
“But I can’t forget that I also represented the greatest club in Mexico and I maybe know the way I need to do things.”
“I am very flattered that an institution as big as Ajax made an effort to sign me. I am also very grateful to the clubs that were an option for me, I am deeply grateful for their interest in me.”
“I decided to play in Dutch football while also thinking about my own future, my decision was purely technical and thinking about a future in the Premier League or Italy later in my career.”
“Now that I’ve signed for Ajax, I am only thinking about helping them but my decision was purely technical.”
“I spoke to ‘Guti’ (Erick Gutierrez) and Andres Guardado, they both told me about the people and how life is in Holland.”
“All I want is to keep growing as a player, I want to reach that point of maturity but my teammates did influence my final decision due to their good advice about the league and the country.”
“I want to cherish the moments I lived here, both the good and the bad. I think that I learned from my mistakes and that helped me grow as a player. I wouldn’t trade a single day that I spent at Club America for anything,” he concluded.
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