Manuel Locatelli

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Manuel Locatelli
Locatelli Portrait Picture.jpg
Locatelli with Milan in 2017
Personal information
Full name Manuel Locatelli
Date of birth (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 22)
Place of birth Lecco, Italy
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sassuolo
Number 73
Youth career
2007–2009 Atalanta
2009–2016 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2019 Milan 48 (2)
2018–2019Sassuolo (loan) 29 (2)
2019– Sassuolo 14 (0)
National team
2013 Italy U15 5 (0)
2014 Italy U16 2 (0)
2013–2015 Italy U17 25 (1)
2015–2016 Italy U19 16 (1)
2017– Italy U21 23 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:20, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Manuel Locatelli (born 8 January 1998) is an Italian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Sassuolo.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Locatelli began his career with Atalanta, before moving to Milan at the age of 11 years.[1][2] With the Rossoneri he progressed through each youth category, from Esordienti to Primavera. In March 2015, Locatelli signed his first professional contract with Milan, effective from 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2018.[3][4][5][6]

Milan[edit]

Locatelli received his first ever call-up to Milan's senior team ahead of the away game against Udinese played on 22 September 2015; he, however, remained an unused substitute. Later that season, he was promoted into the first team by Milan then head coach Siniša Mihajlović.[7] He made his Serie A debut aged 18, on 21 April 2016, replacing Andrea Poli after 87 minutes in a 0−0 home draw against Carpi.[8] On 14 May 2016 he made his debut as a starter, in the last league match of the season against Roma at the San Siro.[9]

2016–17 season[edit]

He made his season debut in a 1–0 victory over Sampdoria appearing as a second-half substitute.[10] On 2 October 2016, after coming on as a substitute for captain Riccardo Montolivo, Locatelli scored his first Serie A goal with his first ever shot goal in a dramatic 4–3 win over Sassuolo. Beginning the season on the bench, Locatelli received his first start of the season on 16 October at Chievo, taking over the deep-lying playmaker role in midfield vacated by Montolivo, who suffered a long-term injury over the international break.[11] On 22 October, Locatelli scored with his second ever Serie A shot on target, the only goal in a rival match against Juventus, a strike with the outside of his right foot that hit the underside of the crossbar, and rifled past keeper Gianluigi Buffon.[12]

Following a series of excellent performances, Locatelli received and accepted the offer to extend his contract until 30 June 2020, with the rise in pay.[13]

On 25 January 2017, Locatelli was sent off for the first time of his career after receiving two yellow cards in 2016–17 Coppa Italia Quarter Final match against Juventus.[14]

2017–18 season[edit]

Locatelli began the season as a starter in the second leg of Milan's Europa League qualification match against CS U Craiova, playing a vital role in Milan's 2–0 win on 3 August 2017.[15] However, Montolivo's eventual recovery combined with the arrival of Lucas Biglia and frequent changes of formation under Vincenzo Montella started to limit his playing time. In November 2017, Montella was dismissed and replaced by Gennaro Gattuso who also viewed Locatelli as more of a backup for either Biglia or Montolivo than a starting lineup player. He finished the season with only 15 starts (of which only 5 were in Serie A) and 18 sub-ins.

Sassuolo[edit]

In the summer of 2018, Milan loaned in Tiémoué Bakayoko and suggested that Locatelli joins one of the lower-ranking Serie A teams on loan, preferably without a buy-out option. Locatelli agreed to depart yet submitted a full transfer request, later citing a perceived lack of trust in him from the club as the main reason for his decision.[16][17] On 13 August 2018, Locatelli transferred to Sassuolo on loan with an obligation to buy.[18] In his debut season for the neroverdi he made 31 appearances and scored 3 goals (against Catania in Coppa Italia and Cagliari and Chievo Verona in Serie A).[19][20][21]

International career[edit]

With the Italy U-17 team he took part at the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. With the Italy U-19 squad he took part in the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, as Italy finished runners-up.[22]

He made his debut with the Italy U21 team on 23 March 2017, in a friendly match won 2–1 against Poland. In June 2017, he was included in the Italy under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by manager Luigi Di Biagio.[23] Italy were eliminated by Spain in the semi-finals on 27 June, following a 3–1 defeat.[24]

He took part in the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[25]

Style of play[edit]

Locatelli is primarily a deep-lying playmaker operating in front of the team's defense, in a role similar to that of Andrea Pirlo. Although not his preferred position, he can also play in 4–3–3 formation as a wing-leaning central midfielder, alternatively known as mezzala. He possesses good vision, passing, ball control, dribbling, as well as a powerful and accurate shot from long range. His reading of the game and ball-winning abilities were described as sufficient for a defensive midfielder.[26][1][2] Considered a promising young player, in 2015 The Guardian named him one of the 50 best young players in the world who were born in 1998.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 January 2020[28]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2015–16 Serie A 2 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17 25 2 2 0 1[a] 0 28 2
2017–18 21 0 3 0 9 0 33 0
Total 48 2 5 0 9 0 1 0 63 2
Sassuolo 2018–19 Serie A 29 2 2 1 31 3
2019–20 14 0 1 0 15 0
Total 43 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 46 3
Career total 91 4 8 1 9 0 1 0 109 5
  1. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Milan[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Giovani talenti: Locatelli, la grande speranza Milan che studia da Xavi" (in Italian). calciomercato.com. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Simone Gambino (2 October 2016). "Manuel Locatelli: il regista del Milan del futuro, sulle orme di Donnarumma" (in Italian). Goal.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.acmilan.com/it/news/show/156792
  4. ^ https://www.milannews.it/settore-giovanile/ufficiale-rinnovati-i-contratti-dei-giovani-llamas-locatelli-e-cutrone-171639
  5. ^ https://www.milannews.it/settore-giovanile/ac-milan-comunicato-ufficiale-donnarumma-cutrone-e-locatelli-rinnovano-fino-al-2018-172343
  6. ^ https://www.milannews.it/primo-piano/gigio-loca-e-terminator-il-milan-blinda-la-colonna-vertebrale-del-futuro-e-a-luglio-172369
  7. ^ "Milan, Mihajlovic promuove il 17enne Locatelli: esordio in vista?". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  8. ^ "Milan vs. Carpi - 21 April 2016 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  9. ^ "Milan-Roma 1-3: Salah-El Shaarawy-Emerson, a Brocchi resta la Coppa Italia". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  10. ^ "Sampdoria 0-1 AC Milan: Carlos Bacca scores winner for visitors". Sky Sport. 16 September 2016.
  11. ^ Paul, Sumeet (12 October 2016). "With Montolivo injured, is it time for Milan to start Locatelli?". ESPN FC.
  12. ^ Rathborn, Jack (22 October 2016). "AC Milan wonderkid Manuel Locatelli scores screamer to down Juventus A winner GOAL from Locatelli". Mirror.
  13. ^ https://www.stadiosport.it/milan-news-rinnova-locatelli-numero-73-al-73-70010
  14. ^ "Calendario e Risultati | Stagione 2016-17 | Quarti" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Player Ratings: Milan 2-0 Craiova". Football Italia. 3 August 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.calciomercato.com/en/news/locatelli-ac-milan-didn-t-believe-in-me-73844
  17. ^ https://www.calciomercato.com/en/news/milan-as-chelsea-s-bakayoko-inches-closer-locatelli-could-join-s-85772
  18. ^ "Official statement: Manuel Locatelli". acmilan.com. Associazione Calcio Milan. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0oiU1veJ7w
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0smC2iH3G7I
  21. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xI-VWrJ9i8
  22. ^ "Finale Europeo Under 19, Francia-Italia 4-0: Augustin, Blas, Tousart e Diop". Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  23. ^ "U21: Italy squad for Euros named". Football Italia. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  24. ^ James Horncastle (28 June 2017). "Italy fall to familiar foe Spain at U21 Euros but there is hope for the future". ESPN FC. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  25. ^ https://www.figc.it/it/nazionali/news/nazionale-under-21-parte-avventura-europea-di-biagio-ufficializza-la-lista-dei-23-azzurrini/
  26. ^ https://www.milannews.it/esclusive-mn/esclusiva-mn-ag-locatelli-pirlo-il-suo-idolo-come-lui-e-veloce-di-testa-ha-rinnovato-gia-da-tempo-ruolo-solo-regista-232591
  27. ^ "Next Generation 2015: 50 of the best young talents in world football". The Guardian. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  28. ^ "Giocatore - MANUEL LOCATELLI" (in Italian). Lega Serie A. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  29. ^ "Italy - M. Locatelli - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2016-04-22.