Luis Hernández Rodríguez
Hernández warming up for Sporting Gijón in 2014
|Full name||Luis Hernández Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||14 April 1989|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2007–2009||Real Madrid C||38||(3)|
|2009–2011||Real Madrid B||36||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 September 2018|
He joined the Real Madrid academy as a nine-year-old, but never made an appearance for the senior team. He made his professional debut with Sporting de Gijón in 2012, playing 139 competitive matches and scoring one goal across four seasons. He then signed with Premier League club Leicester City, playing nine games before moving to Málaga in January 2017.
Born in Madrid, Hernández finished his formative years with hometown club Real Madrid, making his senior debuts by first representing the C and then the B team. In August 2011, he was expected to join Belgian Pro League side K.A.A. Gent, but nothing came of it.
In January 2012, Hernández went on trial with Getafe CF B. However, he signed a 18-month deal with Sporting de Gijón instead, being assigned to the reserve side in Segunda División B. On 2 September 2012, he made his professional debut in the Segunda División, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 away draw against Racing de Santander.
Hernández was an ever-present figure in the following campaigns, playing 38 league games in 2013–14 and 41 in 2014–15. He scored his first goal for the team on 24 November 2013, netting their first in a 3–1 win at CD Lugo.
Hernández made his La Liga debut on 23 August 2015, starting in a 0–0 home draw against Real Madrid. He made a total of 140 interceptions, more than any other player during the season, while Sporting barely survived relegation by a point.
On 21 June 2016, free agent Hernández signed for Premier League champions Leicester City on a four-year deal. He made his competitive debut on 7 August, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Danny Simpson in a 2–1 loss against Manchester United in the FA Community Shield. His first appearance in the UEFA Champions League took place on 14 September, in a 3–0 group stage win at Club Brugge KV.
Hernández ultimately struggled to break into the first team in 2016–17, appearing mostly as an unused substitute. In January 2017, Spanish club Málaga CF were reported to be in advanced talks with Leicester over a possible loan deal for the player.
On 24 January 2017, after spending just six months in England, Hernández returned to Spain and its top level to join Málaga on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut three days later in a 1–1 draw away to CA Osasuna, and scored his first goal for the club on 14 May in another away fixture, 2–2 against Real Sociedad.
- As of match played 19 May 2018
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Real Madrid C||2008–09||Tercera División||38||3||—||—||—||—||38||3|
|Real Madrid B||2009–10||Segunda División B||25||3||—||—||—||—||25||3|
|2010–11||Segunda División B||11||0||—||—||—||—||11||0|
|Sporting B||2011–12||Segunda División B||10||0||—||—||—||—||10||0|
|2012–13||Segunda División B||1||0||—||—||—||—||1||0|
|Sporting Gijón||2012–13||Segunda División||20||0||1||0||—||—||—||21||0|
|Leicester City||2016–17||Premier League||4||0||0||0||0||0||4[a]||0||1[b]||0||9||0|
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- "Luis Hernández". Who Scored. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- "Luis Hernández, con pie y medio en el Gent belga" [Luis Hernández, all but signed by Belgium's Gent] (in Spanish). Defensa Central. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Blanco, Dani (27 January 2012). "Luis Hernández se estrena hoy en Mareo" [Luis Hernández makes first appearance in Mareo today]. El Comercio (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Estepa, Javier (2 September 2012). "Sin noticias del gol" [No goal news]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "Borja pasa a llevar el dorsal 20; Luis Hernández, el 2, y se van cedidos Iñigo Rodríguez y Raúl Rodrigo (Borja changes to number 20; Luis Hérnandez, 2, and Iñigo Rodríguez and Raúl Rodrigo leave on loan" (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- "El Sporting sabe ganar a domicilio" [Sporting know how to win away]. Marca (in Spanish). 24 November 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
- Siguero, Santiago (23 August 2015). "El Madrid sigue seco" [Madrid are still dry]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- Bate, Adam (27 July 2016). "Leicester's new signings: The stats that made them stand out". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- Vinnell, Paul (21 June 2016). "Leicester secure transfer of ex-Sporting Gijon centre-back Luis Hernandez". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
- Bevan, Chris (7 August 2016). "Leicester City 1–2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- Jennings, Patrick (14 September 2016). "Club Brugge 0–3 Leicester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
- Ball, Joe (20 January 2017). "Leicester defender Luis Hernandez expected to join Spanish side Malaga on loan this month". The Sun. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
- "Leicester City transfer news: Malaga try to sign Hernandez on loan". Leicester Mercury. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
- "Luis Hernandez: Leicester defender joins Malaga, six months after signing". BBC Sport. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
- "Luis Hernández: "Nos vamos con sabor agridulce"" [Luis Hernández: "We leave with a bittersweet taste"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- "Real Sociedad 2–2 Malaga". Sky Sports. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- "Luis Hernández". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
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