Brahim Díaz

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Brahim
FC Salzburg gegen Manchester City FC (U19 8. Februar 2017) 10.jpg
Brahim training with Manchester City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Brahim Abdelkader Díaz[1]
Date of birth (1999-08-03) 3 August 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 21
Youth career
2010–2013 Málaga
2013–2016 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Manchester City 5 (0)
2019– Real Madrid 1 (0)
National team
2016–2017 Spain U17 10 (3)
2016–2018 Spain U19 10 (1)
2017– Spain U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:46, 13 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:44, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

Brahim Abdelkader Díaz (Spanish pronunciation: [bɾaˈin ˈdi.aθ]; born 3 August 1999), known as Brahim[2][3][4], is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Real Madrid and the Spanish under-21 national team.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Brahim began his career at his hometown club Málaga, before moving to Manchester City in 2015 as a 16-year-old for an initial £200,000 fee.[5][6] On 21 September 2016, Díaz made his first-team debut for City, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute to replace Kelechi Iheanacho in an EFL Cup tie against Swansea City.[7] Five days later, he signed his first professional contract with City, for three years.[8]

On 27 July 2017, Brahim made a substitute appearance against Real Madrid in an International Champions Cup friendly and scored the final goal in a 4–1 win for City.[9] On 21 November 2017, Brahim made his Champions League debut against Feyenoord, coming on in injury time for Raheem Sterling.[10]

On 19 December 2017, Brahim made his first club start, playing for 88 minutes against Leicester City in the League Cup.[11] He made his Premier League debut on 20 January 2018, in a 3–1 victory over Newcastle United.[12] and on 13 May, he received a winner's medal after appearing sporadically in four more league games over the season.[13]

On 5 August 2018, Brahim played the final 15 minutes in place of Phil Foden a 2–0 win over Chelsea in the 2018 FA Community Shield.[14] Later that season, Brahim would score his first career goal for City, netting both times in a 2–0 win over Fulham on 1 November.[15]

Real Madrid[edit]

Following intense transfer speculation, coupled with his contract with Manchester City due to expire in June 2019, Brahim joined Real Madrid on 6 January, for a transfer fee of £15.5 million (€17 million).[16] His contract, which runs until 2025, also includes potential add-ons, which could see the value of the transfer to rise to £22 million (€24 million).[17] The transfer also includes clauses which stipulates a 15 per cent sell-on fee to be received by City, which would rise to 40 per cent should Brahim depart Madrid and transfer to "another Manchester club".[18]

He made his debut on 9 January 2019, coming on as a substitute in a 3–0 victory over CD Leganés in the Copa del Rey.[19] His league debut came four days later, when he against came in as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Real Betis.[20]

International career[edit]

Brahim was born in Spain to Spanish parents from Melilla, but is eligible to play for Morocco due to his paternal grandmother.[21] Brahim is a youth international for Spain, and made his first appearances at age 16, where he received praise for his performances for Spain's U17s in the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 January 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2016–17[22] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18[23] 5 0 1 0 1 0 3[c] 0 10 0
2018–19[24] 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1[d] 0 4 2
Total 5 0 1 0 5 2 3 0 1 0 15 2
Real Madrid 2018–19[25] La Liga 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 6 0 3 0 5 2 3 0 1 0 18 2
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup and Copa del Rey
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Brahim". Real Madrid. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Brahim". Twitter. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Brahim Díaz's presentation at the Santiago Bernabéu". Real Madrid. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Brahim Diaz". Manchester City F.C. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  6. ^ Ducker, James (21 April 2016). "Manchester City's global scouting mission pays off with 'mind-blowing' talent". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Swansea City 1–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Brahim Diaz signs new deal". Manchester City F.C. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Man City 4 Real Madrid 1: Teenager Brahim Diaz puts icing on cake for rampant City with special goal". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Manchester City 1–0 Feyenoord". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Leicester City 1–1 Manchester City (3–4 pens)". BBC Sport. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  12. ^ Critchley, Mark (20 January 2018). "Sergio Aguero hits a perfect hat-trick as Manchester City end Newcastle's acrimonious week on a sour note". The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  13. ^ Fay, Richard (13 May 2018). "Man City fans loved seeing Phil Foden make Premier League history". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  14. ^ a b Bevan, Chris (5 August 2018). "Chelsea 0–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Manchester City 2–0 Fulham: Brahim Díaz leads holders into EFL Cup last eight". BeIN Sport. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  16. ^ Jackson, Jamie. "Brahim Díaz on verge of joining Real Madrid from Manchester City for £15.5m". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Official Statement: Brahim Díaz" (in Spanish). Real Madrid. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  18. ^ Lilzino, John. "Brahim Díaz: Manchester City put anti-United clause in Real Madrid transfer to prevent Old Trafford move". The Independent. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Real Madrid 3–0 Leganés". bbc.com. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Ceballos rescues Real Madrid in Seville". marca.com. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  21. ^ Castro, Juan (11 February 2016). "Un malagueño en el City". Marca (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Games played by Brahim Diaz in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Games played by Brahim Diaz in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Games played by Brahim Diaz in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Brahim Díaz: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Brahim Diaz: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 15 May 2018.

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