José Ángel Valdés
José Ángel being presented by Real Sociedad
|Full name||José Ángel Valdés Díaz|
|Date of birth||5 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Gijón, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
(on loan from Porto)
|2012–2014||→ Real Sociedad (loan)||33||(1)|
|2016–||→ Villarreal (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 April 2017.
Born in Gijón, Asturias, José Ángel was a product of hometown Sporting de Gijón's prolific youth system, Mareo. He made his first-team and La Liga debut on 8 February 2009 in a 1–3 away loss against FC Barcelona, and went on to still feature regularly for the duration of the season as the side narrowly avoided a drop, adding a goal in a 3–2 home win over Deportivo de La Coruña.
In 2009–10, José Ángel appeared in another 13 matches for the first team, as they retained once again their top division status (15th position). In the following campaigns, he continued battling for position with another club youth graduate, Roberto Canella, with both players appearing in roughly the same number of matches.
On 19 July 2011, Serie A club A.S. Roma reached an agreement with Sporting Gijón for the transfer of José Ángel, joining compatriot Luis Enrique who had just been appointed team manager. The former paid €4.5 million for his services, plus bonuses. He made his official debut on 11 September, against Cagliari Calcio.
In July 2014, José Ángel joined FC Porto for free, with Roma being eligible to receive 50% of any future transfer fee. He appeared in only 28 competitive games during his two-year spell in Portugal, his Primeira Liga debut arriving on 31 August 2014 in a 3–0 home win against Moreirense FC (90 minutes played).
José Ángel earned four caps for the Spain under-21 team, his debut coming in 2009. He was selected by manager Luis Milla to the squad that appeared – and won – the 2011 UEFA European Championship in Denmark, being an unused member as RCD Espanyol's Dídac Vilà played all the matches and minutes.
- Spain U20
- Spain U21
- La Selección golea con Cote (Selección scores many with Cote); El Comercio, 30 June 2009 (in Spanish)
- El Sporting aguanta el tipo pero no logra vencer (Sporting holds its own but does not win); El Comercio, 8 February 2009 (in Spanish)
- Sporting Gijon 3–2 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 15 March 2009
- José Ángel y Canella, premiados con el 'Mets Bat' (José Ángel and Canella, awarded the 'Mets Bat'); Marca, 26 March 2009 (in Spanish)
- La gripe frena a Canella (Flu stops Canella); La Nueva España, 21 November 2009 (in Spanish)
- "José Ángel, traspasado a la Roma" [José Ángel, transferred to Roma] (in Spanish). Sporting Gijón. 19 July 2011. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "Acquisizione a titolo definitivo dei diritti alle pretazioni sportive del calciatore Josè Angel Valdès Diaz" [Permanent acquisition of rights to sporting services of footballer Josè Angel Valdès Diaz] (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 19 July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- "José Ángel vuelve cedido a la Real Sociedad" [José Ángel returns to Real Sociedad on loan] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "José Angel y De la Bella, una lucha abierta" [José Angel and De la Bella, open battle] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Operazioni di mercato – José Angel Valdes Diaz" [Market operations – José Angel Valdes Diaz] (PDF) (in Italian). A.S. Roma. 29 July 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
- Andrés Fernández y José Ángel jugarán en el Villarreal (Andrés Fernández and José Ángel will play at Villarreal); Villarreal CF, 25 July 2016 (in Spanish)
- "España sub-21, campeona de Europa: El ciclo continúa" [Spain under-21, European champion: The cycle continues] (in Spanish). Diarios de Fútbol. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- ITA – ESP 1:2 (0:0) Archived 15 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.; Pescara 2009, 4 July 2009