Jesús Vallejo

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Jesús Vallejo
Personal information
Full name Jesús Vallejo Lázaro[1]
Date of birth (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Zaragoza, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
(on loan from Real Madrid)
Number 4
Youth career
2007–2008 CD Oliver
2008–2014 Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Zaragoza 31 (1)
2015– Real Madrid 12 (1)
2015–2016Zaragoza (loan) 20 (0)
2016–2017Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 25 (1)
2019–Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2013 Spain U16 1 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U17 6 (0)
2014–2015 Spain U19 11 (2)
2015–2019 Spain U21 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:26, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2019

Jesús Vallejo Lázaro (Spanish pronunciation: [xeˈsuz βaˈʎexo ˈlaθaɾo];[a] born 5 January 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Wolverhampton Wanderers, on loan from Real Madrid.

Club career[edit]

Zaragoza[edit]

Born in Zaragoza, Aragon, Vallejo joined Real Zaragoza's youth setup in 2007, aged 10. On 26 July 2013, after impressing in the Juvenil squad, he signed a new deal with the club.[2]

On 23 August 2014, before even having appeared for the B-side, Vallejo made his professional debut, starting in a 0–0 draw at Recreativo de Huelva for the Segunda División championship.[3] On 26 December, he further extended his contract until 2019.[4]

Vallejo scored his first professional goal on 5 April, netting the last in a 1–1 away draw against CD Tenerife.[5] In the same match he was appointed team captain by manager Ranko Popović, and remained in that role afterwards.[6]

Real Madrid[edit]

On 31 July 2015, Vallejo signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid for a rumoured 6 million fee, being immediately loaned back to Zaragoza for one year.[7][8] The following summer he moved abroad, after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with German club Eintracht Frankfurt.[9]

Vallejo's maiden appearance in the Bundesliga took place on 27 August 2016, as he came as a late substitute in a 1–0 home win over FC Schalke 04.[10] He scored his first goal also from the bench, contributing to a 2–2 draw to RB Leipzig also at the Commerzbank-Arena in the last match of the season.[11]

On 7 July 2017, Vallejo was unveiled as a Real Madrid player and member of the first team squad for the upcoming campaign. He was handed the number 3 shirt, previously worn by Pepe.[12] His official debut took place on 26 October, when he started and was sent off in the last minute of a 2–0 away win against CF Fuenlabrada for the Copa del Rey.[13] His maiden appearance in La Liga occurred ten days later, when he partnered Sergio Ramos in the 3–0 home defeat of UD Las Palmas.[14]

Profiting from injury to Nacho and suspension to Ramos,[15] Vallejo made his debut in the UEFA Champions League on 11 April 2018, playing the entire 1–3 home loss to Juventus F.C. for the second leg of the quarter-finals, which still qualified to the last-four 4–3 on aggregate.[16] It was his only appearance,[17] as Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall title in the tournament.[18]

Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

On 27 July 2019, Vallejo moved to English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan.[19][20]

Vallejo made his full debut for Wolves in a 4–0 home win against FC Pyunik of Armenia in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League Qualifying Third Round, 2nd Leg, on 15 August 2019.[21]

International career[edit]

On 7 March 2013, Vallejo appeared with the Spain under-16 team in a friendly with Hungary.[22] He earned his first cap for the under-21s on 26 March 2015 at the age of 18, starting in the 2–0 win against Norway in Cartagena in another exhibition game.[23][24]

Selected for the 2017 Under-21 European Championship finals by manager Albert Celades,[25] Vallejo played four times for the eventual runners-up.[26][27] Even though he was not part of the squad of 23 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, he was picked by full side head coach Julen Lopetegui for a friendly with Switzerland to be held on 3 June.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22 August 2019[29]
Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zaragoza 2014–15 31 1 0 0 31 1
Zaragoza (loan) 2015–16 20 0 0 0 20 0
Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2016–17 25 1 2 0 0 0 27 1
Real Madrid 2017–18 7 0 4 0 1 0 12 0
2018–19 5 1 1 0 1 0 7 1
Total 12 1 5 0 2 0 19 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2019–20 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Career total 88 3 7 0 4 0 99 3

1 Includes Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Honours[edit]

Real Madrid

Spain U21

Spain U19

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Jesús and Vallejo are pronounced [xeˈsus] and [baˈʎexo] respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acta del Partido celebrado el 07 de noviembre de 2015, en Palma de Mallorca" [Minutes of the Match held on 7 November 2015, in Palma de Mallorca] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ "El juvenil Jesús Vallejo amplía su vinculación con el Real Zaragoza" [Youth player Jesús Vallejo extends his link with Real Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Poca puntería en el Nuevo Colombino" [Poor aiming at the Nuevo Colombino]. Marca (in Spanish). 23 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  4. ^ "El Zaragoza renueva a Vallejo, central de futuro y... presente" [Zaragoza renew with Vallejo, stopper for the future and... the present]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 December 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Tenerife y Zaragoza se reparten goles y méritos para ganar" [Tenerife and Zaragoza share goals and merits to win]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Vallejo, con Derecho a soñar" [Vallejo, with the Law/Right (both mean "Derecho" in English) to dream]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  7. ^ "El Real Madrid ficha al jugador del Real Zaragoza Jesús Vallejo" [Real Madrid sign Zaragoza player Jesús Vallejo] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Official statement: Jesus Vallejo". Real Madrid C.F. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt leiht Jesús Vallejo von Real Madrid aus" [Eintracht Frankfurt get Jesús Vallejo loan from Real Madrid] (in German). Eintracht Frankfurt. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0 Schalke 04: Meier makes the difference for the Eagles". Vavel. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Vallejo und Blum: Joker retten Frankfurts Generalprobe" [Vallejo and Blum: Jokers save Frankfurt's dress rehearsal] (in German). kicker. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Vallejo is presented at the Santiago Bernabéu". Real Madrid C.F. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Vallejo debutó a lo Woodgate: roja en su primer partido com el Madrid" [Woodgate-like debut for Vallejo: red in his first game with Madrid]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  14. ^ "El Madrid cierra la hemorragia" [Madrid stop the bleeding]. Marca (in Spanish). 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Vallejo back in full training ahead of Juventus call-up". Marca. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Real Madrid 1–3 Juventus". BBC Sport. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Así llegan Real Madrid y Liverpool a la final de la Champions" [That is how Real Madrid and Liverpool arrive to the Champions final] (in Spanish). RCN Radio. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Madrid beat Liverpool to complete hat-trick". UEFA. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Vallejo joins from Real Madrid". Wolves.co.uk. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Announcement: Vallejo". realmadrid.com. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  21. ^ Rose, Gary (15 August 2019). "Europa League: Wolves beat Pyunik 4–0 for an 8–0 aggregate win". BBC Sport.
  22. ^ "El zaragocista Jesús Vallejo titular en el España – Hungría Sub-16" [Zaragoza's Jesús Vallejo starts in Spain – Hungary Under-16] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  23. ^ "España-Noruega: Partidazo de Deulofeu y gol Munir (2–0)" [Spain-Norway: Big game from Deulofeu and Munir goal (2–0)] (in Spanish). Eurosport. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Jesús Vallejo sube un nuevo peldaño en su carrera con su debut en la Sub-21" [Jesús Vallejo climbs another step with Under-21 debut] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Spain reveal U21 Championship squad". Football España. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  26. ^ "Portugal 1–3 Spain: UEFA Under 21 Euro match report, Spain advance to semi-finals". Diario AS. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  27. ^ "Germany U21 1–0 Spain U21". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  28. ^ "España se examina en un amistoso ante Suiza" [Test for Spain in friendly against Switzerland]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 3 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Jesús Vallejo". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  30. ^ "Squad". UEFA. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick fires Real Madrid to Club World Cup glory". The Guardian. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  32. ^ "Spain crowned Under-21 European champions". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  33. ^ https://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2017/teams/team=200122/squad/index.html
  34. ^ https://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2017/matches/index.html
  35. ^ "Spain see off Russia for seventh Under-19 crown". UEFA. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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