Nikola Vlašić (Croatian pronunciation: [nǐkoɫa ʋɫâʃitɕ]; born 4 October 1997) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow and the Croatia national team.
Vlašić with CSKA Moscow in 2018
|Full name||Nikola Vlašić|
|Date of birth||4 October 1997|
|Place of birth||Split, Croatia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2018–2019||→ CSKA Moscow (loan)||25||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:36, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Born in Split to the family of the athletics coach Joško Vlašić, as the younger brother of the world champion high jumper Blanka Vlašić, Nikola's future football career was viewed as a "project" by his father, who started training him personally ever since he was four years old.
Vlašić went on to join the NK Omladinac Vranjic academy, before he was brought to HNK Hajduk Split, aged 12. He made his debut for the Croatia U16 national football team at the age of 14, playing regularly with older teammates at U17 and U18 levels as well. He excelled at youth club level as well, and in the 2013–2014 season he formed a potent midfield partnership for the Hajduk U17 team with Andrija Balić, which resulted in the team finishing the first half of the season in first place, without a single loss. The two then received and signed professional contracts, and were moved to the U19 team, where he played regularly.
He made his first team debut in the UEFA Europa League qualifying match on 17 July 2014, playing in the away match against Dundalk F.C.. Scoring on his debut, he became Hajduk Split's youngest scorer in international competitions, aged 16 years and 9 months, 2 months less than the previous record holder Mario Tičinović. That season, Vlašić went on to make 37 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.
On 30 June 2016, Hajduk announced that Vlašić had been appointed vice-captain of the club, with Lovre Kalinić continuing to be the captain. As Kalinić was on extended holidays as a result of being part of the Croatian squad at UEFA Euro 2016, Vlašić captained Hajduk for the first time on 14 July 2016, the season opening fixture; a 2–2 away draw against CS Municipal Studențesc Iași in the second round of the 2016–17 Europa League qualifying phase. Despite his tender age, Vlašić would captain the side four further times that season.
On 31 August 2017, Vlašić signed a five-year deal with Premier League club Everton for a fee of around £10m, the highest fee Hajduk Split have ever received. Vlašić impressed Everton manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh when Everton and Hajduk faced each other in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League play-off round. Vlasic scored his first goal for Everton on his debut at Goodison Park to put Everton ahead against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League, in the 66th minute on 28 September 2017.
On 15 August 2018, Russian club PFC CSKA Moscow announced that Vlašić joined them on loan for the 2018–19 season. On 2 October 2018 Vlašić scored the winning goal against title holders Real Madrid on the 2nd minute in the 2018/19 UCL.
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- As of match played 18 May 2019
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Hajduk Split||2014–15||Prva HNL||27||3||5||0||—||5[a]||1||37||4|
|CSKA Moscow (loan)||2018–19||Russian Premier League||25||5||0||0||—||6[b]||3||34||8|
|CSKA Moscow||2019–20||Russian Premier League||0||0||0||0||—||0[a]||0||0||0|
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