Alex Telles

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Alex Telles
Alex Telles Chelsea.JPG
Telles playing for Galatasaray in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Alex Nicolao Telles
Date of birth (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Porto
Number 13
Youth career
2007–2011 Juventude
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Juventude 13 (2)
2013 Grêmio 36 (1)
2014–2016 Galatasaray 39 (2)
2015–2016Internazionale (loan) 21 (0)
2016– Porto 62 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2018

Alex Nicolao Telles (born 15 December 1992) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Portuguese club Porto. Telles is an offensive full-back and is described as a skilled, quick and playmaking defender.[1]

Telles is highly rated in Brazil and was rewarded with a place in the 2013 Brasileirão Team of the Year.[2]

Club career[edit]

Juventude[edit]

Telles was born in Caxias do Sul, a city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. At the age of eight, he began playing football with the neighbouring kids and was later enrolled to a youth academy of Esporte Clube Juventude.

Telles began his professional career with Juventude, making his debut on 24 January 2011 against São José-PA.[3] He scored his first goal on 20 August in a 1–1 home draw against Cruzeiro.[4]

Grêmio[edit]

In December, Telles was transferred to Grêmio after a partnership was established with Juventude.[5] He made his Grêmio debut on 3 February 2013 against Internacional.[6] On 26 May, Telles made his Série A debut, starting in a 2–0 home win against Náutico.[7]

Galatasaray[edit]

On 22 January 2014, after long negotiations, Telles completed a move to Turkish club Galatasaray for 6 million, signing a contract that will keep him with the club until 2018.[8] He made his debut two weeks later, starting in a 3–0 win against Tokatspor for the campaign's Turkish Cup, and made his maiden Süper Lig debut in a 3–0 home victory against Eskişehirspor on 8 February 2014.[9] Telles made his first assist for the club against Antalyaspor in a 2–2 away game on 17 February.[10] He also scored his first goal for Galatasaray against Akhisar Belediyespor on 8 March in a 6–1 home win.[11]

In August 2015, there were rumours[where?] mentioning Telles as a good choice to fill the place made by the departure of left-back Filipe Luís at Chelsea. In response to the rumour, Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoğlu said the club would only be tempted by an acceptable offer.[citation needed]

Loan to Internazionale[edit]

On 31 August 2015, Galatasaray agreed to let Telles join Italian club Internazionale of Serie A on a one-year loan for a €1.3 million fee, in addition to €250,000 if Inter qualify for the group stage of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.[12] The deal included a buyout option for €8.5 million,[12] letting Internazionale make the move permanent when the loan deal is finished.[13] Telles' move means he will reunite with Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini in Italy, who previously coached him at Galatasaray.[14]

He made his debut for the club on 13 September in the 2015–16 Serie A matchday 3 against city rivals Milan, playing the entirely match as Inter won 1–0.[15]

Porto[edit]

On 12 July 2016, Galatasaray announced Telles' signing with Portuguese club Porto for 6.5 million.[16] He signed a contract until June 2021 and took squad number 13.[16] The deal also included a 10% sell-on clause.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Telles also has an Italian passport,[17] making him eligible to represent Italy national team.[17] In October 2016, Telles said that he would "welcome" a call-up from "Azzurri", adding that his great grandparents are Italian and he feels Italian.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 May 2018[19]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Juventude 2011 Série D 4 1 0 0 12a 0 16 1
2012 Série D 9 1 2 0 14a 0 25 1
Total 13 2 2 0 26 0 41 2
Grêmio 2013 Série A 36 1 6 0 3b 0 6c 0 51 1
Total 36 1 6 0 3 0 6 0 51 1
Galatasaray 2013–14 Süper Lig 15 1 4 0 2d 0 21 1
2014–15 Süper Lig 22 1 5 0 5d 0 1e 0 33 1
2015–16 Süper Lig 2 0 0 0 0 0 1e 0 3 0
Total 39 2 9 0 7 0 2 0 57 2
Internazionale
(loan)
2015–16 Serie A 21 0 1 0 22 0
Total 21 0 1 0 22 0
Porto 2016–17 Primeira Liga 32 1 4f 0 9d 0 45 1
2017–18 Primeira Liga 30 3 8f 0 7d 1 45 4
Total 62 4 12 0 16 1 90 5
Career total 171 9 30 0 26 1 34 0 261 9

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Juventude[19]
Galatasaray[19]
Porto[19]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roberto Carlos'tan Alex Telles yorumu" [Roberto Carlos speaks of Alex Telles] (in Turkish). TRTspor. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Seleção do Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2013" [Best eleven of 2013 Brazilian League] (in Portuguese). CBF. 9 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-18. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ EC São José vs. Juventude 1–2; Global Sports Media, 24 January 2011
  4. ^ Juventude-RS 1 x 1 Cruzeiro-RS - Decepção alviverde em Caxias do Sul! (Juventude-RS 1–1 Cruzeiro-RS — Alviverde disappointment in Caxias do Sul!); Futebol Interior, 20 August 2011 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Grêmio contrata lateral esquerdo Alex Telles e encaminha parceria com o Juventude (Grêmio signs left back Alex Telles and pushes partnership with Juventude forward); UOL Esporte, 12 December 2012 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Deu a lógica: em Gre-Nal quente, Inter vence os reservas do Grêmio; Globo Esporte, 3 February 2013 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Grêmio cumpre promessa, joga bem e vence Náutico pelo Brasileirão; Globo Esporte, 26 May 2013 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Alex Telles Galatasaray'da [Alex Telles to Galatasaray]; Galatasaray's official website, 22 January 2014 (in Turkish)
  9. ^ Tokatspor 0–3 Galatasaray Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine.; Galatasaray's official website, 5 February 2014 (in Turkish)
  10. ^ "Galatasaray vs Antalyaspor". Galatasaray.org. 17 February 2014. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Telles ilk golünü attı [Telles's first goal]". Hürriyet. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  12. ^ a b Galatasaray (1 September 2015). "Alex Nicolao Telles - Geçici Transfer" (in Turkish). Turkish Public Disclosure System (KAP). Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  13. ^ "ALEX TELLES IS A NERAZZURRI PLAYER". inter.it. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Felipe Melo, Adem Ljajic and Alex Telles complete Inter Milan moves". ESPN FC. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Serie A: Inter-Milan 1-0, Guarin decide il derby" [Serie A: Inter-Milan 1-0, Guarin decides the derby] (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Porto sign Brazilian defender Alex Telles". Lisbon: Business Standard. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Italy ask after Alex Telles". Football Italia. 9 October 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  18. ^ Ben Gladwell (13 October 2016). "Porto defender Alex Telles open to representing Italy instead of Brazil". ESPN FC. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d Alex Telles at Soccerway. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  20. ^ "FC Porto conquista Supertaça pela 21.ª vez" [FC Porto conquer Supercup for the 21st time] (in Portuguese). Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Seleção do Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2013" [Best eleven of 2013 Brazilian League] (in Portuguese). CBF. December 9, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-18. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  22. ^ "Alex Telles foi eleito Futebolista do Ano na Gala dos Dragões de Ouro" (in Portuguese). Sapo Desporto. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

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