AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Dutch league over the last few years. This has led the interest in the 24-year-old amongst clubs from Italy. It is believed that the likes of Udinese and Real Betis are interested in signing him. Real Betis have been interested in him for quite a while now, but Udinese will now pose a strong competition for the la Liga side. Alvarado has confirmed that Udinese have now entered into the race to sign the player. However, he has also confirmed that the offers are yet to materialise into strong interest.
Unless the interest turns into a strong force, Alvarado plans to continue with AZ Alkmaar with the highest possible commitment. He has ruled out the possibility of moving to England because work permit restrictions may be that the 24-year-old will not be able to play for a Premier league club. Udinese recently lost their number one goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic to a serious shoulder injury, and they have reportedly identified the Costa Rican as the man to replace him. Alvarado was a first-team regular for AZ Alkmaar last season and he managed to help them secure the Dutch Cup title with a win over PSV Eindhoven.
“As for my [future] I know that there has been talk of Udinese and Real Betis. In England I cannot go due to the regulations on foreigners, but the opportunity to go to another club exists. It has presented itself in the past and we will see if it will return in the future but will also depend on my performance,” said Alvarado. He will, however, be looking to change the disappointing domestic campaign for the club. They finished only in the 10th position outside the European qualification places after having taken just 39 points.