Miguel Alfonso Herrero

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Míchel
Personal information
Full name Miguel Alfonso Herrero Javaloyas
Date of birth (1988-07-29) 29 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Burjassot, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Getafe (on loan from Valencia)
Number TBA
Youth career
Burjassot
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Burjassot 38 (7)
2007–2010 Valencia B 75 (27)
2009–2012 Valencia 16 (0)
2010–2011 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2012 Hércules (loan) 38 (13)
2012–2013 Levante 37 (5)
2013– Valencia 13 (0)
2014– Getafe (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2009 Spain U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Herrero and the second or maternal family name is Javaloyas.

Miguel Alfonso Herrero Javaloyas, commonly known as Míchel (born 29 July 1988), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Getafe CF on loan from Valencia CF, and plays mainly as an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Valencia[edit]

Born in Burjassot, Valencian Community, Míchel finished his football grooming at local Burjassot CF and started playing as a senior with Valencia CF's B-side. After a string of midfield injuries to the main squad (Rubén Baraja, Edu and Manuel Fernandes) he was called up by coach Unai Emery, making his La Liga debut against FC Barcelona, playing 20 minutes in a 0–4 away loss on 6 December 2008; previous to that, he had already appeared in a Copa del Rey game against Club Portugalete, where he also scored.[1]

Míchel's first start occurred on 3 March 2009 in a 1–2 loss at CD Numancia, as he began to be regularly summoned to the league's squad of 18 each week. He was delighted with his first year at Valencia, never having imagined he would be playing for the club's first team after being not much earlier in the fourth division.[2]

Loans / Levante[edit]

In early June 2010, deemed surplus to requirements by coach Emery – for instance, in the 2009–10 campaign he only collected 28 minutes in the league, all as a late substitute – Míchel was loaned for one season to fellow league club Deportivo de La Coruña.[3] He spent most of the campaign injured, and the Galicians were also relegated after 20 straight years in the top flight.[4]

At Hércules CF, where he spent the 2011–12 season, Míchel scored a career-best 13 goals, also being a key player as the team nearly returned to the top level. The club attempted to acquire the player permanently,[5] but were eventually denied.

Míchel rescinded his contract with Valencia in June 2012, and signed a three-year deal with neighbouring Levante UD shortly after.[6] He scored eight goals in 51 official games in his first and only season, including two in 11 in the campaign's UEFA Europa League.[7][8]

Return to Valencia[edit]

On 10 May 2013 Míchel agreed on a return to former club Valencia, penning a three-year link after his 420,000 buyout clause was paid.[9] He made his debut in his second spell on 17 August, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 home win against Málaga CF.[10]

Getafe[edit]

After a year, Valencia loaned Míchel out to fellow league-side Getafe CF for the next 2 years.[11]

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