Diego Laxalt

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Diego Laxalt
Diego Laxalt 2018.jpg
Laxalt with Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Diego Sebastián Laxalt Suárez[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Left back / Left winger
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 93
Youth career
Defensor Sporting
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Defensor Sporting 15 (1)
2013–2016 Internazionale 0 (0)
2013–2014Bologna (loan) 15 (2)
2014–2015Empoli (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016Genoa (loan) 43 (3)
2016–2018 Genoa 68 (4)
2018– Milan 20 (0)
National team
2013 Uruguay U20 16 (1)
2016– Uruguay 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:12, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2019

Diego Sebastián Laxalt Suárez (Spanish pronunciation: [lakˈsalt]; born 7 February 1993) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who currently plays as a left back or attacking midfielder for Serie A club Milan and the Uruguay national team. He is a youth exponent from Defensor Sporting, having passed through the youth ranks in July 2012.

Club career[edit]

Defensor Sporting[edit]

Born in Montevideo, Laxalt made his professional debut on 1 September 2012 with Defensor Sporting in a 4–0 win against Montevideo Wanderers. On 24 February 2013, after the excellent performance in the South American Championship football Under-20 in 2013, he returned to the field with the jersey of Violeta in the away game against Nacional. Laxalt's goal helped Defensor win 1-0. He concluded his first season with 15 appearances and 1 goal.

Inter Milan[edit]

Inter Milan bought Laxalt in January 2013,[citation needed] with the deal completed in July 2013.[3] The then new coach of Inter Milan, Walter Mazzarri, however, did not include him in the pre-season squad.[citation needed] He spent the season on loan at Bologna.[4]

After returning from loan, he was included in the pre-season squad by Walter Mazzarri.[citation needed] On 13 August 2014, Empoli announced the loan signing of Laxalt with Inter Milan entitled to the right of a counter-purchase.[5]

Genoa[edit]

On 30 January 2015, Genoa signed Laxalt on loan for 18 months with an optional purchase clause.[6][7] He scored his first 2 goals for Genoa on 28 October 2015, in an away match against Torino, the second one being a 94th-minute equalizer to earn Genoa a 3–3 draw.

On 30 July 2016, Laxalt joined Genoa on a permanent deal, with Cristian Ansaldi moving in the opposite direction.[8]

Milan[edit]

On 16 August 2018, Laxalt joined fellow Serie A club AC Milan in a deal worth a reported €14 million plus a further €4 million in potential bonuses.[9] He made his competitive debut for the club on 25 August 2018, coming on as a 71st minute substitute for Fabio Borini in a 3-2 league defeat to Napoli.[10]

International career[edit]

2013 South American Youth Championship[edit]

He made his debut with Uruguay in the 2013 South American Youth Championship in Argentina, on 10 January 2013 in the 3–3 draw against Peru. Two days later, he scored his first goal in the 6th minute in an eventual 3-2 win over Brazil. On 18 January, his team finished 2nd in Group B, behind Peru.

On 3 February, he completed all games played, and Uruguay qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey and was included in the best XI of the event.

2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

After contributing to qualification for the 2013 FIFA U–20 World Cup, he was included in the squad for the event. He made his debut on 2 June 2013, in the 1–0 defeat against Croatia, where he played the full 90 minutes. The first victory in the group stage came in the next game, as Uruguay beat New Zealand 2–0. Laxalt was substituted in the 82nd minute for Gonzalo Bueno.

Uruguay also won the last game of the group stage against Uzbekistan, 4–0, the game that allowed Uruguay to qualify for the next round in 2nd place with 6 points, only behind Croatia. In the second round, Uruguay defeated Nigeria, with a 2-1 result, where he was substituted for Gonzalo Bueno in the 77th minute. On 6 July, at the quarter-final against Spain, the game went to extra time, which Uruguay won 1-0, Felipe Avenatti scoring the only goal of the game. Laxalt played all 120 minutes. Uruguay drew Iraq for the semi-finals of the competition.

Senior[edit]

Laxalt was called up to Uruguay's Copa America Centenario squad to replace the injured Cristian Rodríguez.[11] He made his full debut against Ireland on 4 June 2017.[12] He was called up to the full Uruguay squad for the China Cup on March 2018.[13]

On May 2018, he was named in Uruguay's provisional 26-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[14]

Style of play[edit]

Laxalt is left-footed, physically strong and very versatile.[15] He has described himself by saying that: "My strengths are speed and endurance. I'm a left-footed midfielder who can fit in other positions." He has compared himself to the Inter Milan legend, Álvaro Recoba, who is also a former Uruguayan midfielder.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2019.[17][18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Defensor Sporting 2012–13 Primera División 15 1 0 0 0 0 15 1
Bologna (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 15 2 0 0 15 2
Empoli (loan) 2014–15 Serie A 4 0 3 1 7 1
Genoa (loan) 2014–15 Serie A 8 0 0 0 8 0
2015–16 35 3 1 0 36 3
Genoa 2016–17 Serie A 36 1 3 0 39 1
2017–18 32 3 2 1 34 4
Total 111 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 117 8
Milan 2018–19 Serie A 20 0 4 0 5 0 29 0
Career total 165 10 13 2 5 0 0 0 183 12

International[edit]

As of match played 20 June 2019.[19]
Uruguay
Year Apps Goals
2016 2 0
2017 1 0
2018 12 0
2019 4 0
Total 19 0


Honors[edit]

National[edit]

Uruguay U20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Uruguay" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 32. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 18 June 2018. p. 32.
  3. ^ "Inter Milan: Laxalt will finally join. Juventus: Matri toward Napoli". Calcio Mercato. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Diego Laxalt joins Bologna". inter.it. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Official: Diego Laxalt Sent On Loan to Empoli from Inter". Italian Football Daily. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Genoa confirm Laxalt loan". Football Italia. London: Tiro Media. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Ufficiali: Ariaudo, Laxalt, Pavoletti" (Press release). Genoa C.F.C. 30 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Ansaldi joins Inter as Laxalt moves to Genoa" (Press release). F.C. Internazionale Milano. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Milan reach agreement with Genoa for Diego Laxalt". Calcio Mercato. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Napoli vs. Milan – 25 August 2018 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Laxalt for Rodriguez in Uruguay's Copa squad". goal.com. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  12. ^ https://www.fai.ie/ireland/match/19/2017/999943125
  13. ^ http://www.getfootballnewsitaly.com/2018/torreira-earns-first-uruguayan-call-up/
  14. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  15. ^ Marco Conterio (16 January 2013). "ESCLUSIVA TMW - Roma, occhi su Laxalt: è il 'nuovo Gargano' del Sub-20". TuttoMarcatoWeb. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Inter, Laxalt si presenta: "Sono il nuovo Recoba"". Corriere dello Sport. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Diego Laxalt » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  18. ^ "D. Laxalt". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  19. ^ Diego Laxalt at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ https://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/archive/turkey2013/teams/team=1888303/index.html