Rennes had used a special tactic to attract the Dutch star.
The French club were trying to sign the Dutch midfielder in the summer transfer window, but in the end, Alvarez decided to stay in Amsterdam. But Rennestried to attract him with a special tactic and enlisted the help of Mexican actress Salma Hayek, who is the wife of the club's owner and has starred in several Hollywood movies.
Alvarez told De Telegraaf:
“It was very difficult [to reject Rennes], but in the end I had no doubts,"
"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. That is too short to leave an indelible impression here. I still have a lot to prove.
"Yes, that's right [Hayek tried to change my mind]. As a well-known Mexican compatriot, she called me and tried to persuade me to come to France. That surprised and flattered me, but my choice for Ajax was certain and I explained that to her."
He added: "She is a very big and famous actress, an immense star, because of her Hollywood movies around the world. I rate her very highly. She is an example because she fought as a Mexican to get to where she is today."
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