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José Luis Gayà Peña (born 25 May 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a left back for Valencia CF and Spain.

José Luis Gayà
Real Valladolid-Valencia CF, 2019-05-18 (31) (cropped).jpg
Gayà playing for Valencia in 2019
Personal information
Full name José Luis Gayà Peña
Date of birth (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Pedreguer, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 14
Youth career
2006–2012 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Valencia B 65 (3)
2012– Valencia 152 (3)
National team
2012 Spain U17 2 (1)
2013 Spain U18 2 (0)
2013–2014 Spain U19 11 (1)
2013 Spain U20 4 (0)
2014–2017 Spain U21 15 (1)
2018– Spain 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019

An academy graduate of Valencia, he made his senior debut in 2012 and went on to play in more than 190 competitive matches for the club.

Club careerEdit

Born in Pedreguer, Alicante, Valencian Community, Gayà was a product of Valencia CF's youth system, where he started playing as a striker – scoring over 60 goals in one year – before switching to left back.[1] He made his senior debuts with the reserves at not yet 17, playing 21 minutes in a 1–0 away win against Andorra CF for the Segunda División B championship. It would be his only appearance of the season.

On 30 October 2012, Gayà appeared in his first official game with the main squad, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 win at UE Llagostera for the campaign's Copa del Rey.[2] He made his first appearance in the UEFA Europa League on 12 December of the following year, in a 1–1 group stage home draw against FC Kuban Krasnodar.[3]

Gayà played his first game in La Liga with the Che on 27 April 2014, starting and featuring the full 90 minutes in a 0–1 home loss against eventual champions Atlético Madrid.[4] On 3 August, he scored the first goal in a 3–1 win over S.L. Benfica in that year's Emirates Cup.[5]

Gayà was made a starter by new manager Nuno Espírito Santo in 2014–15. He scored his first goal as a professional and in the Spanish top flight on 25 September 2014, grabbing his team's second in a 3–0 home success against Córdoba CF.[6] His second came in the domestic cup on 7 January of the following year, helping to a 2–1 win over RCD Espanyol also at the Mestalla Stadium.[7]

On 8 May 2015, Gayà renewed his contract with the club, signing until 2020 with a 50 million release clause.[8][9] In October 2018, having been part of the side that kept a clean sheet against Manchester United in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, ESPN FC put him into their Champions League Best XI.[10]

International careerEdit

Gayà earned 23 caps for Spain, all youth levels comprised. On 26 May 2015, he was called to the full side for a friendly with Costa Rica and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Belarus,[11] but did not make his debut on either occasion.

Gayà played his first match on 11 September 2018, featuring the entire 6–0 home rout of Croatia for the UEFA Nations League.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 25 July 2019[13][14]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia B 2011–12 Segunda División B 1 0 1 0
2012–13 36 2 36 2
2013–14 28 1 28 1
Total 65 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 65 3
Valencia 2012–13 La Liga 0 0 1 0 1 0
2013–14 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0
2014–15 35 1 2 1 37 2
2015–16 20 0 5 1 11 0 36 1
2016–17 27 1 3 0 30 1
2017–18 34 0 4 0 38 0
2018–19 35 1 5 0 9 0 49 1
Total 152 3 20 2 0 0 23 0 0 0 195 5
Career total 217 6 20 2 0 0 23 0 0 0 260 8

InternationalEdit

As of 7 June 2019[15]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2018 3 0
2019 2 1
Total 5 1

International goalsEdit

As of 7 June 2019 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Gayà goal)[15]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2019 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands   Faroe Islands 4–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Valencia's latest left-back sensation chased by Arsenal and yet to commit at Mestalla, FourFourTwo, 3 February 2015
  2. ^ El Valencia resuelve a balón parado (Valencia get job done through set pieces); Marca, 30 October 2012 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Kuban exit after Valencia draw; UEFA, 12 December 2013
  4. ^ Garcia goal opens up gap; ESPN FC, 27 April 2014
  5. ^ Benfica 1–3 Valencia — Match report; Arsenal FC, 3 August 2014
  6. ^ Alcácer, Gayà y Feghouli traen el liderato (Alcácer, Gayà and Feghouli bring first place); Super Deporte, 26 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Valencia aprovecha la inercia (Valencia profit from inertia); Marca, 7 January 2015 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ José Luis Gayà renews contract through to 2020; Valencia CF, 8 May 2015
  9. ^ Gayá renueva hasta 2020 (Gayá renews until 2020); Marca, 8 May 2015 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Ames, Nick (4 October 2018). "Champions League: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Paulo Dybala in team of the week". ESPN FC. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Espanyol defender Ruben Duarte will train with Del Bosque's Spain squad in June". Sport. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  12. ^ Dunne, Robbie (11 September 2018). "Spain – Croatia match report: UEFA Nations League". Diario AS. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  13. ^ José Luis Gayà at ESPN FC
  14. ^ "José Gayá". Soccerway. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  15. ^ a b "José Gayá". European Football. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  16. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (25 May 2019). "Barcelona 1–2 Valencia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Germany U21 1–0 Spain U21". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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