Julio Pérez and Fernando Álvarez look back on a wonderful internship period at Ajax. The Amsterdam club has partnership since last summer with the Mexican top club CF Pachuca.
Pérez and Álvarez were allowed to train for two weeks in Amsterdam (with Jong Ajax) and for these two Mexican talents that became – as can be read on Ajax.nl – an unforgettable experience. The fact that Ajax and CF Pachuca started working together was big news in Mexico. “There were a lot of rumors about a collaboration,” says Álvarez. ‘But we never thought it was about such a big club as Ajax. It became official about two months ago. We were very enthusiastic.’
It was an instant hit for Álvarez and Pérez: they were the first talents of CF Pachuca to go to Amsterdam for an internship. ‘It is very valuable for us to be here. We will enjoy this experience immensely,” said Álvarez.
Both Mexicans were then amazed at Sportpark de Toekomst. Pérez indicates that Ajax has organized everything well. “The footballers here lack nothing. At Pachuca, the player is also central. They think it’s important how someone is doing personally. They work on the smallest details. Just like here. In that sense, the clubs are very similar.’
Álvarez indicates that it is very common at his club CF Pachua that players are moved on early. “That also helped us adapt to the game here.”
Enjoy Amsterdam and back to Mexico
During the internship period in the Netherlands, the Mexicans could not resist playing the tourist for a while. For example, they visited Dam Square and the Rijksmuseum. ‘We also took a boat trip through the canals’, Pérez laughs. ‘The captain told stories about Amsterdam and its history.’
The training period is now over and both players hope to have left a good impression at Jong Ajax. “We had the opportunity to come here and show Mexican football,” says Pérez. Álvarez says that he is going back to Mexico very satisfied. ‘I enjoyed it and learned a lot. Whatever will happen in the future. I am very grateful for this opportunity. If someone comes after us, they will enjoy it just as much. Or maybe even more. Our colleagues in Mexico will of course ask how it was. This experience naturally enriches your life in many ways.’
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