A top Chelsea transfer target has hinted a future move could still be on the cards despite revealing his disappointment that a summer move did not happen.
Ajax star Edson Alvarez was strongly linked with a switch to the Blues in the last transfer window but a move failed to materialise, much to the player’s disappointment.
The 25-year-old defensive midfielder was the subject of a late bid from Stamford Bridge as Blues co-owner Todd Boehly looked to rebuild his new club in one window after a big spending spree.
The player even refused to train with Ajax in the hope of sealing his exit.
However, Chelsea were unable to reach an agreement with the Dutch side and the Mexico international was forced to remain in Holland for another campaign.
The Blues ended up signing Denis Zakaria on loan from Juventus instead. However, the Switzerland international has yet to make a single appearance for the club.
But speaking about his own failed move, Alvarez told ESPN: “I am very disappointed about it.
“But I am convinced that one day another big club will come for me. This winter, or in the summer.
“For now I can only focus on Ajax.”
For their part, Ajax were desperate to hang on to Alvarez for three very good reasons.
They lost manager Erik ten Hag to Manchester United, along with two of their best players in Lisandro Martinez and Antony.
Another centre-back Jurrien Timber was also linked with a switch to Old Trafford. But Ajax stood firm and were able to keep Alvarez on board, despite the player’s unhappiness at the outcome.
The Dutch giants currently sit top of the Eredivisie after 11 games. However, their Champions League campaign is done after they only earned three points from their opening five group fixtures.
Potter unbeaten run comes to an abrupt end
As for Chelsea‘s own campaign in Europe’s top knockout competition, Graham Potter’s men are already through to the last 16.
They beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 in midweek to secure their passage to the knockout stage.
However, their Premier League campaign suffered a hit on Saturday with a thumping at Brighton.
Potter was returning to his old club for the first time since he quit to move to Stamford Bridge. But he was given a rude awakening, as his unbeaten start to life as Blues boss came to a humiliating end.
Chelsea were beaten 4-1 at the Amex Stadium, with Potter, who was booed throughout, admitting afterward: “Yes of course the scoreline and the defeat is a painful one. We didn’t really recover. Once the crowd were so engaged it was a difficult one for us. The scoreline was painful.
“It’s part of the process. You have to suffer and feel pain in order to grow and get better. Nobody said we were the finished article. We have to take the pain today and learn from it.”