Samuel García Sánchez
Samu playing for Rubin in 2016
|Full name||Samuel García Sánchez|
|Date of birth||13 July 1990|
|Place of birth||Málaga, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Forward|
|2017||→ Leganés (loan)||11||(0)|
|2018||→ Málaga (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018|
Born in Málaga, Andalusia, Samu played his first years as a senior with UD Dos Hermanas San Andrés and Tercera División team CD Alhaurino, before joining Málaga CF's reserves in 2010 and going on to compete several seasons in the same level with the club. In 2004, at the age of 14, he was signed by Chelsea in the Premier League, but returned to his hometown after only three months after failing to adjust.
In the summer of 2013, Samu was called to the first team by newly appointed manager Bernd Schuster. He signed his first professional contract shortly after, keeping him at the La Rosaleda Stadium until June 2016.
Samu made his official debut with Málaga's main squad on 17 August 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0−1 La Liga away loss against Valencia CF. He scored his first goal on 3 November, playing less than ten minutes and netting in the 93rd minute of a 3−2 derby home win over Real Betis.
Both Samu and his Málaga teammate Samu Castillejo joined Villarreal CF on 18 June 2015, signing a five-year deal. On 30 June of the following year, the former transferred to Russian Premier League club FC Rubin Kazan alongside manager Javi Gracia.
On 19 January 2017, Samu joined CD Leganés on loan until the end of the top flight season. On 24 August, he signed a three-year contract with fellow league team Levante UD but, in the following transfer window, returned to Málaga on a five-month loan.
On 14 January 2019, Samu left Levante.
- Presentación de Javilillo, Samuel y Mata (Presentation of Javilillo, Samuel and Mata); CD Alhaurino, 5 August 2009 (in Spanish)
- Samuel, el goleador que quería Mourinho (Samuel, the goalscorer that Mourinho wanted); La Opinión de Málaga, 5 November 2013 (in Spanish)
- Samu tendrá dorsal del primer equipo y Darder y Fabrice seguirán con Schuster (Samu will have first-team jersey and Darder and Fabrice will continue with Schuster); Diario Sur, 14 August 2013 (in Spanish)
- Samu García amplía su vinculación con el Málaga CF hasta la temporada 2015/16 (Samu García extends link with Málaga CF until 2015/16 season); Málaga CF, 14 August 2013 (in Spanish)
- Valencia edge victory; ESPN FC, 17 August 2013
- Malaga 3−2 Real Betis Archived 7 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine; ESPN FC, 3 November 2013
- El Villarreal CF ficha a los ‘Samus’ (Villarreal CF signs the 'Samus') Archived 19 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Villarreal CF, 18 June 2015 (in Spanish)
- Самуэль Гарсия перешел в «Рубин» [Samuel Garcia moved to Rubin] (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 30 June 2016. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- "La técnica de Samu García llega a Butarque para reforzar el ataque" [The skill of Samu García arrives at Butarque to bolster the attack] (in Spanish). CD Leganés. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
- "Samu y el Levante unen sus caminos por las tres próximas temporadas con una opcional" [Samu and Levante commit to each other for the next three seasons with one optional] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- "Samuel García comes home". Málaga CF. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- "El Levante anuncia la rescisión del contrato de Samu García" [Levante announce contract termination of Samu García] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2019.