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Ajax manager confirms Edson Alvarez wanted to join Chelsea

Tom Gott
Chelsea were chasing Alvarez on Deadline Day
Chelsea were chasing Alvarez on Deadline Day / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has admitted midfielder Edson Alvarez wanted to join Chelsea on the final day of the transfer window.

The Blues lodged a €50m bid for Alvarez on the final day of the English transfer window - the Dutch window had already closed - and midfielder even refused to train with his side in an attempt to force through a move.

Ultimately, Ajax refused to sell Alvarez and Schreuder attempted to move on by starting the Mexico international in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Cambuur, before which he admitted that Alvarez wanted to leave.

"Chelsea made contact over Edson Alvarez on the final day and Alvarez wanted this move," he told ESPN. "For one day, he was feeling very down, but yesterday, he told me: 'Coach, I am here and will give my 100% again'.

He also told club media: "We discussed it with Edson. When things happen on the last day, it is logical that he was preoccupied by that in his head, so we agreed that he would not train with us.

"Edson reported back on Friday and is ready to play. If you look at what happened and how he manifested himself in training on Friday, he has prepared himself very well. His message is that he is incredibly eager to continue playing at Ajax."

Once Alvarez was removed from the market, Chelsea set their sights on Denis Zakaria, striking a deal to bring the midfielder in on a season-long loan from Juventus that includes an option to buy.

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