In an attempt to hire Edson Álvarez from Ajax, the owner of Rennes had the help of his wife, actress Salma Hayek.
The newspaper “Telegraaf” revealed a curious episode worthy of a film, full of characters and a protagonist: Edson Álvarez. The Ajax midfielder was targeted by Rennes in the last transfer window. The French team, known for hiring young European football figures, used all possibilities to sign the Mexican player. Even the club owner’s wife tried to help.
Salma Hayek, a Mexican actress, has been married since 2009 to François-Henri Pinault, a millionaire owner of several luxury brands and owner of Rennes. Known for having played Frida in the movies, this time she played a behind-the-scenes role in football to try to convince her compatriot to move house.
“As a well-known compatriot, she called me and tried to persuade me to go to France. This surprised and flattered me, but my desire to stay at Ajax was right and I explained that to her. very famous because of her Hollywood movies, a huge star. I admire her a lot, because she fought like a Mexican to get where she is,” Álvarez told the Dutch newspaper.
Rennes offered 20 million euros to Ajax for the deal. There was no progress. The Mexican international stayed at the club – even participated in the rout with Sporting (5-1), in the Champions League. Living a good phase, the player has already been sought out to extend his contract with the club.
“It’s no secret that Ajax and I want this. I hope to sign my contract as soon as possible. We just need to settle some issues. My girlfriend and I feel at home in Amsterdam. I’m happy here.”
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