Edson Alvarez admits difficulties adapting at Ajax

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In an interview with Mexican media-outlet TUDN, Edson Álvarez has admitted he has been having a difficult time adapting to Ajax. He especially misses his girlfriend and daughter, who have been unable to accompany him to the Netherlands so far due to immigration issues.

“The last two months have been difficult for me,” Álvarez states. “I’ve not been with my girlfriend and my daughter due to immigration issues. I’ve been here all alone and I miss them.”

He also spoke about his role and position at Ajax, which is different from his position at Club America and the Mexican national team. At the national team, he plays as a holding midfielder whereas he’s often used in a three-man midfield at Ajax. “I’m at my best just in front of the central defenders, but Ajax has asked me to do other things as well.”

The last few weeks Álvarez has been criticized a lot by Dutch media about his lacking performances in the Eredivisie. He has not met the expectations people had when he joined Ajax. “I can’t explain why I haven’t reached my usual level yet. The only thing I can do is to keep training hard and giving 100% as I did at Club America. Sometimes the technical staff makes decisions I don’t understand but accept those and stay calm.”

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