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Ajax boss confirms Edson Alvarez wanted Chelsea move

Ajax boss confirms Edson Alvarez wanted Chelsea move

Ajax head coach Alfred Schreuder has revealed that Edson Alvarez wanted to join Chelsea.

The Blues were believed to had a £43m offer turned down on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window, and although talks continued on deadline day, Ajax blocked a potential departure for Alvarez.

Schreuder felt his side had already sold too many players in the transfer window, while the Dutch transfer window closed a day earlier, which prevented Ajax from signing a replacement.

However, the Ajax boss has disclosed that the Mexico international was keen to complete a move to Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to ESPN, Schreuder said: “Chelsea reported themselves for Edson Alvarez on the final day and Alvarez wanted this.

“For one day he was feeling very down by yesterday he told me: ‘Coach, I am here and I will give 100 per cent again’.”

With Ajax unwilling to let the 24-year-old leave, Chelsea moved to sign Denis Zakaria on loan from Juventus, although the Blues could still try to sign Alvarez in January.

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