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Jesús Vallejo

Jesús Vallejo
Personal information
Full name Jesús Vallejo Lázaro
Date of birth (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 3
Youth career
2007–2008 CD Oliver
2008–2014 Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Zaragoza 31 (1)
2015– Real Madrid 7 (0)
2015–2016Zaragoza (loan) 20 (0)
2016–2017Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 25 (1)
National team
2013 Spain U16 1 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U17 6 (0)
2014–2015 Spain U19 11 (2)
2015– Spain U21 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2018

Jesús Vallejo Lázaro (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈsuz βaˈʎexo ˈlaθaɾo];[a] born 5 January 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a central defender.

Club career

Zaragoza

Born in Zaragoza, Aragon, Vallejo joined Real Zaragoza's youth setup in 2007, aged 10. On 26 July 2013, after impressing in the Juvenil squad, he signed a new deal with the club.[1]

On 23 August 2014, before even having appeared for the B-side, Vallejo made his professional debut, starting in a 0–0 draw at Recreativo de Huelva for the Segunda División championship.[2] On 26 December, he further extended his contract until 2019.[3]

Vallejo scored his first professional goal on 5 April, netting the last in a 1–1 away draw against CD Tenerife.[4] In the same match he was appointed team captain by manager Ranko Popović, and remained in that role afterwards.[5]

Real Madrid

On 31 July 2015, Vallejo signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid for a rumoured 6 million fee, being immediately loaned back to Zaragoza for one year.[6][7] The following summer he moved abroad, after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with German club Eintracht Frankfurt.[8]

Vallejo's maiden appearance in the Bundesliga took place on 27 August 2016, as he came as a late substitute in a 1–0 home win over FC Schalke 04.[9] He scored his first goal also from the bench, contributing to a 2–2 draw to RB Leipzig also at the Commerzbank-Arena in the last match of the season.[10]

On 7 July 2017, Vallejo was unveiled as a Real Madrid player and member of the first team squad for the upcoming campaign. He was handed the number 3 shirt, previously worn by Pepe.[11] His official debut took place on 26 October, when he started and was sent off in the last minute of a 2–0 away win against CF Fuenlabrada for the Copa del Rey.[12] His maiden appearance in La Liga occurred ten days later, when he partnered Sergio Ramos in the 3–0 home defeat of UD Las Palmas.[13]

Profiting from injury to Nacho and suspension to Ramos,[14] Vallejo made his debut in the UEFA Champions League on 11 April 2018, playing the entire 1–3 home loss to Juventus F.C. for the second leg of the quarter-finals, which still qualified to the last-four 4–3 on aggregate.[15] It was his only appearance,[16] as Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the tournament.[17]

International career

On 7 March 2013, Vallejo appeared with the Spain under-16 team in a friendly with Hungary.[18] He earned his first cap for the under-21s on 26 March 2015 at the age of 18, starting in the 2–0 win against Norway in Cartagena in another exhibition game.[19][20]

Selected for the 2017 Under-21 European Championship finals by manager Albert Celades,[21] Vallejo played four times for the eventual runners-up.[22][23] Even though he was not part of the squad of 23 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, he was picked by full side head coach Julen Lopetegui for a friendly with Switzerland to be held on 3 June.[24]

Career statistics

As of 9 May 2018[25]
Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zaragoza 2014–15 31 1 0 0 31 1
Zaragoza (loan) 2015–16 20 0 0 0 20 0
Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2016–17 25 1 2 0 0 0 27 1
Real Madrid 2017–18 7 0 4 0 1 0 12 0
2018–19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 0 4 0 1 0 12 0
Career total 83 2 6 0 1 0 90 2

1 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Honours

Club

Real Madrid

International

Spain

Notes

  1. ^ In isolation, Jesús and Vallejo are pronounced [xeˈsus] and [baˈʎexo] respectively.

References

  1. ^ "El juvenil Jesús Vallejo amplía su vinculación con el Real Zaragoza" [Youth player Jesús Vallejo extends his link with Real Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Poca puntería en el Nuevo Colombino" [Poor aiming at the Nuevo Colombino]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ "El Zaragoza renueva a Vallejo, central de futuro y... presente" [Zaragoza renew with Vallejo, stopper for the future and... the present]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 December 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Tenerife y Zaragoza se reparten goles y méritos para ganar" [Tenerife and Zaragoza share goals and merits to win]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Vallejo, con Derecho a soñar" [Vallejo, with the Law/Right (both mean "Derecho" in English) to dream]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  6. ^ "El Real Madrid ficha al jugador del Real Zaragoza Jesús Vallejo" [Real Madrid sign Zaragoza player Jesús Vallejo] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Official statement: Jesus Vallejo". Real Madrid C.F. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt leiht Jesús Vallejo von Real Madrid aus" [Eintracht Frankfurt get Jesús Vallejo loan from Real Madrid] (in German). Eintracht Frankfurt. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0 Schalke 04: Meier makes the difference for the Eagles". Vavel. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Vallejo und Blum: Joker retten Frankfurts Generalprobe" [Vallejo and Blum: Jokers save Frankfurt's dress rehearsal] (in German). kicker. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Vallejo is presented at the Santiago Bernabéu". Real Madrid C.F. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Vallejo debutó a lo Woodgate: roja en su primer partido com el Madrid" [Woodgate-like debut for Vallejo: red in his first game with Madrid]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  13. ^ "El Madrid cierra la hemorragia" [Madrid stop the bleeding]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Vallejo back in full training ahead of Juventus call-up". Marca. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Real Madrid 1–3 Juventus". BBC Sport. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Así llegan Real Madrid y Liverpool a la final de la Champions" [That is how Real Madrid and Liverpool arrive to the Champions final] (in Spanish). RCN Radio. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Madrid beat Liverpool to complete hat-trick". UEFA. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  18. ^ "El zaragocista Jesús Vallejo titular en el España – Hungría Sub-16" [Zaragoza's Jesús Vallejo starts in Spain – Hungary Under-16] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  19. ^ "España-Noruega: Partidazo de Deulofeu y gol Munir (2–0)" [Spain-Norway: Big game from Deulofeu and Munir goal (2–0)] (in Spanish). Eurosport. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Jesús Vallejo sube un nuevo peldaño en su carrera con su debut en la Sub-21" [Jesús Vallejo climbs another step with Under-21 debut] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Spain reveal U21 Championship squad". Football España. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Portugal 1–3 Spain: UEFA Under 21 Euro match report, Spain advance to semi-finals". Diario AS. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Germany U21 1–0 Spain U21". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  24. ^ "España se examina en un amistoso ante Suiza" [Test for Spain in friendly against Switzerland]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Jesús Vallejo". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Squad". UEFA. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick fires Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory". The Guardian. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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