The famous actress tried to convince Ajax defender Edson Alvarez to sign for Stade Rennais.
Ajax star Edson Alvarez said actress Salma Hayek tried to convince him to join Stade Rennais in the previous offseason.
The leaders of the Breton club tried to recruit the defensive midfielder during the summer transfer window, but the latter chose to stay in the Dutch capital. To try to achieve their ends, the Rennes had used a rather particular strategy. They brought in Mexican actress Hayek, the club owner’s wife and the star of several Hollywood films. She was supposed to persuade her compatriot to join Roazhon Park.
Alvarez was flattered by the interest of his famous compatriot, but he declined because he is happy at Ajax. This is what he confided in an interview with De Telegraaf. “It was very difficult [de rejeter Rennes], but in the end I had no doubts “, he confided. “I want to play in the Champions League, against very big teams. And before this season, I was only a real starting player for six months. It’s too short to leave an indelible impression here. I still have a lot. to prove.”
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“Yes, it’s true [Hayek a essayé de me faire changer d’avis]. As a well-known Mexican compatriot, she called me and tried to persuade me to come to France. It surprised and flattered me, but my choice for Ajax was certain and I explained that to him, “continued Alvarez.
He added: “She is a very tall and famous actress, a huge star, because of her Hollywood films which are very famous around the world. I have a lot of esteem for her. She is an example because she fought. as a Mexican to get to where she is today. “
Alvarez joined Ajax in 2019. The Aztec international has had a tough start in the Netherlands. Then, little by little, he became a key player in the team and also a favorite of the fans. “Ajax’s style demands a lot and I had to adapt to it. It took a lot of effort and time and it wasn’t fast enough for me,” he said of his initial difficulties. “It wasn’t until the start of this year that I realized what it takes to be an Ajax player.”