Diego Laxalt


Diego Sebastián Laxalt Suárez (Spanish pronunciation: [lakˈsalt]; born 7 February 1993) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a left back for Scottish Premiership club Celtic, on loan from Milan, and the Uruguay national team. He is a youth product of Defensor Sporting, having passed through the youth ranks in July 2012. His favoured shirt number is 93, representing the year that he was born.

Diego Laxalt
Laxalt with Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Diego Sebastián Laxalt Suárez[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Position(s) Left-back, left winger
Club information
Current team
Celtic
(on loan from Milan)
Number 93
Youth career
Defensor Sporting
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Defensor Sporting 15 (1)
2013–2016 Internazionale 0 (0)
2013–2014Bologna (loan) 15 (2)
2014–2015Empoli (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016Genoa (loan) 43 (3)
2016–2018 Genoa 68 (4)
2018– Milan 24 (0)
2019–2020Torino (loan) 16 (0)
2020–Celtic (loan) 17 (1)
National team
2012–2013 Uruguay U20 31 (2)
2016– Uruguay 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:35, 22 March 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2019

Club career


Defensor Sporting

Born in Montevideo, Laxalt made his professional debut on 1 September 2012 with Defensor Sporting in a 4–0 win against Montevideo Wanderers. On 24 February 2013, after the excellent performance in the South American Championship football Under-20 in 2013, he returned to the field with the jersey of Violeta in the away game against Nacional. Laxalt's goal helped Defensor win 1–0. He concluded his first season with 15 appearances and 1 goal.

Inter Milan

Inter Milan bought Laxalt in January 2013,[citation needed] with the deal completed in July 2013.[3] The then new coach of Inter Milan, Walter Mazzarri, however, did not include him in the pre-season squad.[citation needed] He spent the season on loan at Bologna.[4]

After returning from loan, he was included in the pre-season squad by Walter Mazzarri.[citation needed] On 13 August 2014, Empoli announced the loan signing of Laxalt with Inter Milan entitled to the right of a counter-purchase.[5]

Genoa

On 30 January 2015, Genoa signed Laxalt on loan for 18 months with an optional purchase clause.[6][7] He scored his first 2 goals for Genoa on 28 October 2015, in an away match against Torino, the second one being a 94th-minute equalizer to earn Genoa a 3–3 draw.

On 30 July 2016, Laxalt joined Genoa on a permanent deal, with Cristian Ansaldi moving in the opposite direction.[8]

Milan

On 16 August 2018, Laxalt joined fellow Serie A club Milan in a deal worth a reported €14 million plus a further €4 million in potential bonuses.[9] He made his competitive debut for the club on 25 August 2018, coming on as a 71st minute substitute for Fabio Borini in a 3-2 league defeat to Napoli.[10]

2019–20 season: Loan to Torino and recall

With both Theo Hernandez and Ricardo Rodríguez in front of him at left back, Laxalt was deemed surplus to and on 31 August 2019, transferred to Torino, on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.[11] On 31 January 2020, Laxalt was recalled from his loan to be the back up for Hernandez after Rodríguez had left to join Eredivisie side PSV on loan.[12] During the course of his loan, Laxalt made only 5 starts in all competitions for Torino but came off the bench 13 times including against parent-club Milan in the Coppa Italia a week before his return.[12]

2020–21 season: Loan to Celtic

On 5 October 2020, Laxalt completed a season-long loan to Scottish club Celtic. He made his debut at Celtic Park against Rangers in the Old Firm Derby, and his next game was against his parent club, Milan in the Europa League .[13] He scored his first goal for Celtic when scoring a late equaliser in a 2–2 draw against Hibernian on 21 November 2020.[14] Laxalt won the first major honour of his career when he played for Celtic in their penalty shoot-out victory against Hearts in the rescheduled 2020 Scottish Cup Final.[15] The match was originally scheduled to take place at Hampden Park on 9 May 2020,[16] but was postponed prior to the semi-finals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland.[17]

International career


2013 South American Youth Championship

He made his debut with Uruguay in the 2013 South American Youth Championship in Argentina, on 10 January 2013 in the 3–3 draw against Peru. Two days later, he scored his first goal in the 6th minute in an eventual 3–2 win over Brazil. On 18 January, his team finished 2nd in Group B, behind Peru.

On 3 February, he completed all games played, and Uruguay qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey and was included in the best XI of the event.

2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup

After contributing to qualification for the 2013 FIFA U–20 World Cup, he was included in the squad for the event. He made his debut on 2 June 2013, in the 1–0 defeat against Croatia, where he played the full 90 minutes. The first victory in the group stage came in the next game, as Uruguay beat New Zealand 2–0. Laxalt was substituted in the 82nd minute for Gonzalo Bueno.

Uruguay also won the last game of the group stage against Uzbekistan, 4–0, the game that allowed Uruguay to qualify for the next round in 2nd place with 6 points, only behind Croatia. In the second round, Uruguay defeated Nigeria, with a 2-1 result, where he was substituted for Gonzalo Bueno in the 77th minute. On 6 July, at the quarter-final against Spain, the game went to extra time, which Uruguay won 1–0, Felipe Avenatti scoring the only goal of the game. Laxalt played all 120 minutes. Uruguay drew Iraq for the semi-finals of the competition.

Senior

Laxalt was called up to Uruguay's Copa America Centenario squad to replace the injured Cristian Rodríguez.[18] He made his full debut against Ireland on 4 June 2017.[19] He was called up to the full Uruguay squad for the China Cup in March 2018.[20]

In May 2018, he was named in Uruguay's provisional 26-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[21]

Style of play


Laxalt is left-footed, physically strong and very versatile.[22] He has described himself by saying that: "My strengths are speed and endurance. I'm a left-footed midfielder who can fit in other positions." He has compared himself to the Inter Milan legend, Álvaro Recoba, who is also a former Uruguayan midfielder.[23]

Career statistics


Club

As of match played 21 March 2021[24][25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Defensor Sporting 2012–13 Primera División 1510000151
Inter Milan 2013–14 Serie A 00000000
2014–15 Serie A 00000000
Total 0000000000
Bologna (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 15200152
Empoli (loan) 2014–15 Serie A 403171
Genoa 2014–15 Serie A 800080
2015–16 Serie A 35310363
2016–17 Serie A 36130391
2017–18 Serie A 32321344
Total 1117611178
Milan 2018–19 Serie A 2004050290
2019–20 Serie A 402060
Total 2406050350
Torino (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 1602000180
Celtic (loan) 2020–21 Scottish Premiership 1713[lower-alpha 1]06000261
Career total 202112021100023313
  1. Includes two appearances in the latter stages of the 2019–20 Scottish Cup that were played in October and December 2020.

International

As of match played 18 November 2019[26]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Uruguay 201620
201710
2018120
201990
Total240

Honours


Club

Celtic

International

Uruguay U20

Uruguay

References


  1. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Uruguay" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 32. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 18 June 2018. p. 32.
  3. "Inter Milan: Laxalt will finally join. Juventus: Matri toward Napoli". Calcio Mercato. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. "Diego Laxalt joins Bologna". inter.it. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  5. "Official: Diego Laxalt Sent On Loan to Empoli from Inter". Italian Football Daily. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  6. "Genoa confirm Laxalt loan". Football Italia. London: Tiro Media. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  7. "Ufficiali: Ariaudo, Laxalt, Pavoletti" (Press release). Genoa C.F.C. 30 January 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  8. "Ansaldi joins Inter as Laxalt moves to Genoa" (Press release). F.C. Internazionale Milano. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  9. "Milan reach agreement with Genoa for Diego Laxalt". Calcio Mercato. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. "Napoli vs. Milan – 25 August 2018 – Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  11. "Laxalt al Toro" [Laxalt to Toro] (in Italian). Torino Football Club. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  12. "AC Milan Recall Diego Laxalt From His Loan At Torino". SB Nation. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  13. http://www.celticfc.net/news/18620
  14. "Hibernian 2-2 Celtic". BBC. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  15. "Celtic completed a historic quadruple treble with a dramatic penalty shootout win over Hearts to lift the Scottish Cup for a 40th time". BBC. 20 December 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  16. "2019-20 William Hill Scottish Cup Dates Confirmed | Scottish Cup | News". Archived from the original on 3 July 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  17. SFA update fans on Scottish Cup and Nations League play-offs after Uefa call Archived 29 March 2020 at the Wayback Machine, The Courier, 16 March 2020
  18. "Laxalt for Rodriguez in Uruguay's Copa squad". goal.com. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  19. https://www.fai.ie/ireland/match/19/2017/999943125
  20. http://www.getfootballnewsitaly.com/2018/torreira-earns-first-uruguayan-call-up/
  21. http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  22. Marco Conterio (16 January 2013). "ESCLUSIVA TMW - Roma, occhi su Laxalt: è il 'nuovo Gargano' del Sub-20". TuttoMarcatoWeb. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  23. "Inter, Laxalt si presenta: "Sono il nuovo Recoba"". Corriere dello Sport. 6 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  24. "Diego Laxalt » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  25. "D. Laxalt". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  26. Diego Laxalt at National-Football-Teams.com
  27. Celtic win fourth straight Scottish Cup as Hazard's shootout saves break Hearts, Ewan Murray, The Guardian, 20 December 2020
  28. https://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/archive/turkey2013/teams/team=1888303/index.html