New Manchester United signing Lisandro Martinez has admitted he will miss one Ajax star in particular at his new club.
Martinez was presented as a Manchester United player on Wednesday and played 45 minutes in a friendly match against Wrexham.
The centre-back sent an emotional goodbye message to Ajax supporters and received a length good luck message from CEO Edwin van der Sar.
Martinez rejoins former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, and has admitted there is one player he misses in particular.
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Martinez hopes to play with Edson Alvarez again
Speaking to Ajax’s club website and reported by Voetbal International, Lisandro Martinez says he will miss defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez on and off the pitch.
He even admitted he is hoping he will get the chance to play with Alvarez again at another club. Considering he has just signed a contract with Manchester United until 2027, there’s a good chance he is hoping it will be at Old Trafford.
Martinez said: “I’m getting a little emotional now because Edson is like a brother to me. In a short period of time we have built up a close friendship and that will of course continue to exist. But I’m going to miss Edson very much.
“I hope we can play together again soon at a club. Edson deserves these words. He’s a fantastic person.”
Manchester United’s need to sign a player in Edson Alvarez’s position is a glaring one. Earlier this summer we picked him out as a potential target for the club.
Like Martinez, Erik ten Hag signed the Mexican midfielder for Ajax. The pair have worked well together on the pitch. Martinez likes to pass out from the back, and Alvarez has frequently been the player on the receiving end of his passes forward, as Ajax’s deepest positioned midfielder.
United have been pursuing Ajax teammate Antony, but the Dutch club do not want to sell, and have set a very high price tag, The Mail report.
It’s possible they could be willing to part with Edson Alvarez. Earlier this summer De Telegraaf reported that Ajax would be willing to let the 24-year-old midfielder leave for around £25 million.
United have been pursuing Frenkie de Jong at the position, but if this deal proves to be a no-go, then Alvarez could yet be a player United revisit, if a deal for Antony is also off.