Fede Valverde: The 'little Bird' calls for step

The centromcapista uruguayan, who seduces the locker room of Madrid for its versatility, you want to take advantage of the 'effect quarry' driven by Solari

Fede Valverde: The 'little Bird' calls for step

The centromcapista uruguayan, who seduces the locker room of Madrid for its versatility, you want to take advantage of the 'effect quarry' driven by Solari

"My idol is Toni Kroos". That was the business card of the uruguayan Federico Valverde soon after landing in the summer of 2016 in Madrid to join the Castilla. Birdie, who was just 18 years just turned, he arrived with a backpack full of praise. His career at Peñarol of Montevideo was struck by his precocity, after shining in youth, he debuted with 17 years in the historic club of the capital. His powerful stride, physical strength and speed on the court soon drew the attention of scouts from Arsenal and Barcelona, but it was Real Madrid that persuaded him to sign a contract (his signing amounted to five million euros) and to join the white club when he reaches the age of majority. In Madrid with the support of his parents, who live in Paracuellos del Jarama.

In Valdebebas its progression has been slow cooked. Now, with the presence on the bench of Santiago Solari, one of its backers, wants to continue to grow. Their interventions in the six matches (two League, two Champions league and two Copa del Rey, 231 minutes) have been those of a player solid, secure, no-fuss. Seduces his companions for his seriousness and maturity. Ensure that in the locker room all stand out for their high commitment and good character. The emergence of Marcos Llorente as a relay Casemiro has slowed, but in spite of that not shows bad face. He trusts in their terms and conditions and you do not want to waste any of the opportunities that are presented in this strategy of Solari boost to the homegrown. This evening, in front of CSKA in a match inconsequential to the classification, you could re-display the football that fell in love with the uruguayan people.

Including central

"I Never saw anyone with a 16 years with so many virtues. It seems to Me an exceptional player", explained Pablo Bengoechea, coach of Peñarol and former footballer of Seville. With the Peñarol played 13 matches.

Since its premiere in Castile became a basic piece of gear from the team for his versatility and tactical intelligence. On the day of its release, Solari did not spare his praises: "I Am very happy with it. Is a magnificent player, has adapted to the club and to the country in an incredible way. It always generates a large football in the middle and has even been shown a very good work of the central, being his first game. I had not even completed a training in that position". In the subsidiary played 36 matches and scored three goals.

excellent conditions were ratified in the u-20 World cup 2017, to which he was elected Silver Ball. The gold was for the English Dominic Solanke.

In the summer of that year he was transferred to the Sport to continue to grow. In the galician team took part in 25 games, but never found stability. Neither Pepe Mel, or Cristóbal Parralo, or Clarence Seedorf opted for him as the axis.

"what Wheel or hitch?"

In the last pre-season, Julen Lopetegui evaluated their performance and decided to recruit for the first team. He made his debut in the first leg against Viktoria Plzen, where he replaced Isco in the second half and was involved in the goal of Marcelo. The preparer basque believed that little Bird could be an alternative to Casemiro, but the uruguayan is more dynamic than the brazilian, also holds more overflow and presence in the band. Fast in the hedges. It is more similar to Kroos. Jose Perdomo, who was technical of his in the under-15 and under-16, described it this way: "it Is technical, with good punch and great vision of the game and go in-depth. If it is steering wheel or hitch? With me began containment and then advanced, where it felt more comfortable. You can save a game. It is physically overwhelming."

In Uruguay, it is considered to be the bastion of a new generation. He debuted in the selection at the age of 19, in a match against Paraguay and scored a goal. He was pre-selected for the World cup in Russia with the blue, where it already has eight caps. Not afraid of responsibility and expected to settle at the club's Bernabeu before 30 June 2021, when he ends his contract.

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Date Of Update: 14 December 2018, 08:00