Tottenham Hotspur reportedly made an approach to sign Ajax defender Edson Alvarez in the January transfer window, and now Spurs icon Rafael van der Vaart has discussed the Mexican’s future in an interview with Marca.
Alvarez, 22, joined Ajax for £13million (Telegraaf) in the summer from Club America. He chose last season’s Champions League semi-finalists despite having plenty of European interest, but he has endured a difficult spell at the Dutch side – clocking up just 21 outings.
Indeed, the Mexico international has started just two of Ajax’s last 12 league games. De Telegraaf claimed earlier this week that Tottenham made an approach to sigh Alvarez, while MLS club LA Galaxy also wanted to nab his signature.
Both director of football Marc Overmars and manager Erik Ten Hag blocked his exit – despite Alvarez’s wishes. The summer could see him depart the Amsterdam Arena, but Spurs icon van der Vaart reckons he has a future at Ajax.
“He is a very good player, but he is at Ajax,” van der Vaart said. “The team has a lot of quality. Players who play the same position as him. He is young, he is a fighter. In the end he will play a lot.”
TBR’s view – Should Tottenham consider move in summer?
Alvarez is a top player and it is clear that Ajax are keen on keeping him at the club. However, it was always going to take some time for Alvarez to make himself at home, given Ajax’s style of football and way of playing.
Alvarez can play centre-back, right-back and in midfield and his presence would make him an excellent squad player. But if he is getting frustrated at a lack of game time at Ajax, he would only grow more annoyed at Spurs. One to avoid, for now.