Samu Castillejo

Samuel "Samu" Castillejo Azuaga (born 18 January 1995) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Italian club A.C. Milan.

Samu Castillejo
Personal information
Full name Samuel Castillejo Azuaga
Date of birth (1995-01-18) 18 January 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth Málaga, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 7
Youth career
2004–2006 Explanada FS
2006–2007 UD Mortadelo
2007–2012 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Málaga B 75 (22)
2014–2015 Málaga 34 (1)
2015–2018 Villarreal 91 (9)
2018– Milan 47 (4)
National team
2011 Spain U16 6 (2)
2011–2012 Spain U17 9 (0)
2015 Spain U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:23, 8 March 2020 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

MálagaEdit

Born in Málaga, Andalusia, Castillejo graduated from Málaga CF's youth system. He made his senior debut with the reserves in 2011, aged only 16, and went on to play three full seasons in Tercera División. He was given the nickname El Fideo ("the noodle" in Spanish), due to his "wiry frame and ability to squirm away in tight spaces".[2]

In June 2014, Castillejo was called up by first-team manager Javi Gracia for the pre-season. He was named man of the match in a 3–1 friendly win against Newcastle United where he scored twice.[3] He was promoted to the main squad the following month.[4]

On 29 August 2014, Castillejo made his debut with the first team, coming on as a substitute for fellow youth graduate Juanmi in the 57th minute of a 0–3 La Liga away loss against Valencia CF.[5] He scored his first professional goal on 2 February, the winner in a home win over Valencia.[6]

VillarrealEdit

Castillejo joined Villarreal CF on 18 June 2015, signing a five-year deal, with his Málaga teammate Samu García.[7] He scored six times in his third season, helping Villareal qualify for the UEFA Europa League after a fifth-place finish.[8]

MilanEdit

Castillejo signed with A.C. Milan on 17 August 2018, with Carlos Bacca moving in the opposite direction.[9][10] He made his Serie A debut on 31 August, starting in the 2–1 win over A.S. Roma at San Siro.[11] He scored his first goal for the club on 30 September, in a 4–1 away defeat of U.S. Sassuolo.[12]

Style of playEdit

Castillejo plays mainly as a winger on either side of the pitch, although he relies mostly on his stronger left foot.[13][14] He also plays occasionally as a supporting striker or a false 9.[15][16]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 8 March 2020[17]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Málaga 2014–15 34 1 5 0 39 1
Villarreal 2015–16 28 1 4 0 13 1 45 2
2016–17 33 2 3 1 8 0 44 3
2017–18 30 6 3 0 5 0 38 6
Total 91 9 10 1 26 1 0 0 127 11
Milan 2018–19 31 4 4 0 4 0 1 0 40 4
2019–20 16 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Total 47 4 7 1 4 0 1 0 59 5
Career total 172 14 22 2 30 1 1 0 225 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "S. Castillejo". Villarreal CF. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ Cartlidge, David (11 March 2015). "Meet Diego Simeone's favourite player in La Liga (who doesn't play for Atletico)". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Samu Castillejo shines as Málaga defeat Newcastle United". Inside Spanish Football. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ Ballesteros, Jesús (3 August 2014). "Samu Castillejo pide un sitio ya" [Samu Castillejo calls for a place right now]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  5. ^ Rincón, Jaime (29 August 2014). "Alcácer se da un homenaje" [Alcácer pays tribute to himself]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Samu Castillejo clinches win for Malaga over Valencia". ESPN FC. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  7. ^ "El Villarreal CF ficha a los 'Samus'" [Villarreal CF sign the 'Samus'] (in Spanish). Villarreal CF. 18 June 2015. Archived from the original on 19 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  8. ^ Mateu, Ismael (27 July 2018). "Castillejo: "El Villarreal es una gran familia"" [Castillejo: "Villarreal is one big family"]. El Periódico Mediterráneo (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  9. ^ "MILAN, ACCORDO PER CASTILLEJO: Bacca nell'operazione, i dettagli" [MILAN, AGREEMENT ON CASTILLEJO: Bacca in the operation, the details] (in Italian). Calcio Mercato. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Official announcement: Samuel Castillejo & Diego Laxalt". A.C. Milan. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  11. ^ Paul, Sumeet (1 September 2018). "Piatek paying dividends as Milan win again". ESPN. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Jamie (30 September 2018). "Sassuolo 1 AC Milan 4: Suso double lifts under-fire Gattuso". Goal. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Castillejo: "Qui per vincere"" [Castillejo: "Here to win"] (in Italian). A.C. Milan. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  14. ^ "AC Milan follows Villarreal winger Samu Castillejo". Calcio Mercato. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  15. ^ Manno, Francesco (1 October 2018). "Milan, Castillejo in goal da "falso 9": prestazione super dello spagnolo all'esordio da titolare!" [Milan, goal for Castillejo as "false 9": super performance from the Spaniard in starting debut!] (in Italian). MSN. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  16. ^ "AC Milan star Castillejo: 'Suso doesn't take away my position, I'm waiting for my chance'". Calcio Mercato. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Samu Castillejo". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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