Portu

Cristian Portu.jpg

Cristian Portugués Manzanera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkɾistjam poɾtuˈɣez manθaˈneɾa];[a] born 21 May 1992), commonly known as Portu [ˈpoɾtu], is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad as an attacking midfielder.

Club career

Valencia

Born in Murcia, Portu was a product of Valencia CF's youth system. He made his senior debut with the reserves at only 17, going on to spend several seasons with the side in Segunda División B as well as one in Tercera División; in January 2012, he was called up by first-team manager Unai Emery due to a string of injuries.[1]

Portu played his official game with the Che's main squad on 27 February 2014, coming on as a late substitute for fellow youth graduate Federico Cartabia in a 0–0 home draw against FC Dynamo Kyiv for the campaign's UEFA Europa League.[2] His maiden appearance in La Liga came three days later, as he started and was booked in a 0–1 away loss to Rayo Vallecano.[3]

Albacete

On 11 July 2014, it was announced that Valencia sold Portu to Segunda División club Albacete Balompié with a buy-back option.[4] He scored his first professional goals on 18 October, netting a brace but in a 2–3 defeat at CD Mirandés.[5]

Girona

On 21 June 2016, after Alba's relegation, Portu signed a three-year deal with Girona FC also in the second tier.[6] He scored eight goals (also providing eight assists) in his first season, helping to a first-ever top flight promotion.[7]

Portu bettered that total to 11 the following campaign, as the Catalans easily retained their league status.[8]

Real Sociedad

On 18 June 2019, Real Sociedad announced via their Twitter account that they had reached a preliminary agreement for the transfer of Portu for a fee of €10 million.[9][10] The five-year contract was confirmed the same day.[11]

Club statistics

As of 16 March 2019[12][13][14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia 2013–14 La Liga 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Albacete 2014–15 Segunda División 36 6 3 0 39 6
2015–16 39 6 1 0 40 6
Total 75 12 4 0 0 0 79 12
Girona 2016–17 Segunda División 41 8 0 0 41 8
2017–18 La Liga 37 11 0 0 37 11
2018–19 La Liga 24 6 3 1 26 7
Total 102 25 3 1 0 0 104 26
Career total 177 37 7 1 1 0 185 38

Notes

  1. ^ In isolation, Cristian and Portugués are pronounced [ˈkɾistjan] and [poɾtuˈɣes] respectively.

References

  1. ^ "Emery se ve obligado a convocar a dos canteranos" [Emery is forced to call two youth players]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 21 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Valencia hold firm to end Dynamo hopes". UEFA. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Larrivey fulmina el efecto Pizzi" [Larrivey obliterates Pizzi effect]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Portu ya es jugador del Albacete Balompié" [Portu is a new player of Albacete Balompié] (in Spanish). 5 Más El Descuento. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Álex García se proclama héroe de Miranda" [Álex García proclaims himself as Miranda's hero]. Marca (in Spanish). 18 October 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  6. ^ "El Girona FC fitxa el migcampista Portu" [Girona sign midfielder Portu] (in Catalan). Girona FC. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Análisis del rival: Girona FC, novato y lleno de ilusión" [Opponent analysis: Girona FC, rookie and full of illusion] (in Spanish). Vavel. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. ^ Thorogood, Tom (3 April 2018). "Signing 11-goal playmaker Portu should be no-brainer for Newcastle United this summer". HITC. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Principio de acuerdo para el traspaso de Portu" [Agreement in principle for transfer of Portu] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  10. ^ "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Preliminary agreement with @GironaFC for the transfer of @portu #OngiEtorriPortu #RealSociedad". Twitter. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Real Sociedad sign Portu from Girona". beIN Sports. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Portu". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  13. ^ Portu at ESPN FC
  14. ^ "Portu » Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 20 January 2018.

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