Keita Baldé Diao

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Baldé and the second or maternal family name is Diao.
Keita Baldé Diao
Personal information
Full name Keita Baldé Diao
Date of birth (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Arbúcies, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 14
Youth career
2004–2011 Barcelona
2010–2011 Cornellà (loan)
2011–2014 Lazio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Lazio 23 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Keita Baldé Diao (born 8 March 1995) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Lazio.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Arbúcies, Girona, Catalonia, to Senegalese parents, Keita came up through the FC Barcelona's youth academy. In 2010, Keita travelled with his Barcelona youth team to Qatar for a tournament, where he played a practical joke by placing an ice-cube in a team-mate's bed.[1]

As a punishment, Barcelona sent the 15-year-old Keita on loan to satellite club UE Cornellà, despite Keita's reputation as a future prospect for the first team. The loan meant Cornellà held the rights to a fraction of Keita's playing rights. After a season in which he scored 47 goals for Cornellà's youth side, Keita turned down the chance to return to Barcelona, attracting the interest of Real Madrid and Manchester United.[2]

Lazio[edit]

In the summer of 2011, he was signed by Italian Serie A club Lazio for a fee of €300,000, of which 10% went to Cornellà.[3] Keita was unable to play official matches for Lazio's youth sides for a year, as he had to wait to be granted Spanish citizenship and the EU passport required for the Italian club to register him. However, he impressed while playing in the Torneo Karol Wojtyla youth competition, where he scored six goals in just four matches.[4]

Keita then spent the 2012–13 season playing with Lazio's Primavera youth side and training with the first team. He was selected by coach Vladimir Petković to sit on the bench for some matches in the latter part of the season but did not make his senior debut.

Promoted to the first team for the following season, Keita made his league debut in a 3–0 home win against Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico, coming on as a late substitute for Luis Pedro Cavanda. Five days later, Keita made his debut in the Europa League, starting in a 1–0 home victory against Legia Warsaw. He provided the assist for the only goal of the game, scored by Hernanes.

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