Top Facts about Jesus Vallejo, the Spanish defender

Tue 31 August 2021 | 10:30

In this article, we are going to have a look at the top facts about Jesús Vallejo, one of the great talents of the Spanish football.

Jesús Vallejo Lázaro was on born 5 January 1997. He is a Spanish professional football player who plays as a centre back for Real Madrid. We will have a look at the

top facts about Jesus Vallejo


Top Facts about Jesus Vallejo Lazaro, the Spanish defender

Jesus Vallejo is one of the defenders who can have successful future in Spain. So, we can review the top facts about Jesus Vallejo.

Jesús Vallejo at a glance

  • Name in home country:

    Jesús Vallejo Lázaro

  • Date of birth:

    5 January 1997

  • Place of birth:

    Zaragoza, Spain

  • Age:


  • Height:

    1,84 m

  • Citizenship:


  • Position:

    Defender - Centre-Back

  • Foot:


  • Current club:

     Real Madrid

  • Joined:

    31 July 2015

  • Contract expires:

    30 Junuary 2025

  • Outfitter:


 Jesús Vallejo Club career

Jesús Vallejo was Born in Zaragoza, Aragon and joined 

Real Zaragoza

's youth setup in 2007 at the age of 10. On 26 July 2013, after he impressed everyone in the Juvenil team and signed a new contract with the club.

On 23 August 2014, before even having played for the reserves, Jesús Vallejo made his first professional match, starting in a 0–0 draw at Recreativo de Huelva for the Segunda División. On 26 December, he further extended his contract until 2019.

One of the top facts about Jesús Vallejo is that he netted his first professional goal on 5 April, scoring the last in a 1–1 away draw against CD Tenerife. 

Jesús Vallejo was appointed club captain by manager Ranko Popović for that game, and remained in the role after that.

Jesus Vallejo’s ability was obvious from a young age, and just seven years later, he was making his debut in the first-team, becoming a fixed player in the heart of defence.

One of the top facts about Jesus Vallejo was that he was given the captain's armband, and he ended up netting his first goal for the team in the same game he he was chosen as the captain and dreams really came true it seems.

Jesus Vallejo at Real Madrid

On 31 July 2015, Jesús Vallejo signed a six-year deal with 

Real Madrid

 for a supposed €6 million fee, being immediately loaned back to Zaragoza for one year. 

The next summer Jesús Vallejo moved to another country, after agreeing to a one-year loan contract with the German team 

Eintracht Frankfurt


Jesús Vallejo's first appearance in the Bundesliga took place on 27 August 2016, as he came as a late substitute in a 1–0 home victory over FC Schalke 04. 

Jesús Vallejo netted his first goal also from when he came on the pitch from the bench, contributing to a 2–2 draw to RB Leipzig also at the Commerzbank-Arena in the last game of the season.

On 7 July 2017, Jesús Vallejo was unveiled as a Real Madrid football player and member of the first team for the next season. Jesús Vallejo was given the number 3 jersey, earlier worn by Pepe.

Jesús Vallejo’s official debut was played on 26 October, when he started and was sent off in the last minute of a 2–0 away victory over CF Fuenlabrada for the Copa del Rey. 

Jesús Vallejo’s first match in La Liga occurred ten days later, when he partnered Sergio Ramos in the 3–0 home loss to UD Las Palmas.

Jesús Vallejo Profited from injury to Nacho and suspension to Sergio Ramos, he made his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League on 11 April 2018. He played the entire 1–3 home loss to Juventus F.C. for the second leg of the quarter-finals. Real Madrid still qualified to the last-four 4–3 on aggregate. It was his only match, as Madrid won their third successive and 13th overall title in the UEFA Champions League.

Jesus Vallejo signed for ​Real Madrid for the 2015/16 season, though, immediately he was loaned back to Zaragoza. The next season, Jesus Vallejo was sent out to Germany in order to gain more experience as a fixed player with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Jesus Vallejo finally got his chance in the 2017/18 season, but his first appearance was ruined after being sent off in a Copa del Rey match. Though, that did not discourage him and he made his league debut not long after against Las Palmas, playing along with ​Sergio Ramos in a defence.

In spite of his tender years, Jesus Vallejo was used to winning and winning tournaments and cups, despite his limited minutes.

Jesus Vallejo’s achievements to a Champions League, Copa del Rey and Super Cup victory has caused him to already have a mantelpiece of medals that most football players can only dream of winning.

While they were challengers in Madrid, Jesus Vallejo and fellow defender Jonny Otto know each other pretty well from international career.

Jonny previously played for Real's hostile opponents Atletico Madrid, moving to Molineux initially on loan last year - though that transfer has now become permanent.

Jesus Vallejo at Wolverhampton Wanderers

One of the top facts about Jesús Vallejo is that

Wolverhampton Wanderers

completed the signing of Jesus Vallejo in 2019/20 season. Jesus Vallejo on a season-long loan contract added even more continental skill to their levels.

To the casual spectator, Jesus Vallejo was rather of an unfamiliar quantity - and may be viewed by many as an aspiring upstart who was unsuccessful to play well at Santiago Bernabeu.

Speaking Spanish could be an important factor in helping Jesus Vallejo to settle in quickly at ​ Wolverhampton Wanderers, and he would also be able to have a chat with fellow Spaniards Adama Traore and Rafa Mir.

On 27 July 2019, Jesús Vallejo joined English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a loan contract for the entire season. The Spanish footballer made his competitive debut on 15 August, in a 4–0 home victory over FC Pyunik in the third qualifying round in the UEFA Europa League. 

Jesús Vallejo played his first Premier League game on 14 September. He played the full 90 minutes in the 5–2 defeat to 


 also at Molineux.

Jesús Vallejo made another league appearance, but was not used again except for an EFL Cup match in a side consisting mainly of reserve players of the team.

At the beginning of the January transfer window, Wolves' head coach Nuno Espírito Santo confirmed that Jesús Vallejo was likely to leave the club and added that the Spanish defender "had moments that he played, moments that he performed well, and some moments he did not perform well ... Clearly it didn’t work out". 

On 24 January 2020, Jesús Vallejo was loaned to Granada CF of the Spanish La Liga until June. On 18 August, the contract was extended for another year.

Jesus Vallejo international career

One of the top facts about Jesús Vallejo is that on 7 March 2013, he made his debut with the Spain under-16 team in a friendly match with Hungary. 

Jesús Vallejo played his first match for the under-21s of Spain on 26 March 2015 at the age of 18, starting in the 2–0 victory over Norway in Cartagena in another friendly match.

Jesús Vallejo was chosen for the 2017 Under-21 European Championship tournament by manager Albert Celades. He played in four matches for the subsequent runners-up. Despite the fact that Jesús Vallejo was not part of the squad of 23 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, he was selected by full side head coach Julen Lopetegui for a exhibition match with Switzerland which was played on 3 June.

In general, Jesus Vallejo has played a key role in Spain Under-21s victory 2019 European Championship, and has previously had achievement at Under-19 level.

Jesus Vallejo story at different clubs

When Jesus Vallejo left Wolverhampton Wanderers in the middle of the 2019-20 season his opportunities of fulfilling the rich skills that had convinced Real Madrid to pay €6 million for him as an 18-year-old failed.

At the age of 23, time was still on Jesus Vallejo’s side, but he had difficult time since his he was at Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2016-17 season.

In the next two-and-a-half seasons Jesus Vallejo played just 12 league starts for Real Madrid and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jesus Vallejo’s dream of playing for Spain at the Olympics may have been disappearing into the distance had he stayed on the fringes of the Premier League team.

Jesus Vallejo would not be happy at a team with motivations of standing in the Premier League's top six. So, he arrived in La Liga after he spent two difficult seasons.

Granada had started their first season after they were back in La Liga Primera División. They temporarily topped the table after 10 matches, but expectations were not high at a team whose salary expenditure is less than that which Barcelona pay their top player Lionel Messi.

And yet at the early weeks of the new season it was Vallejo's team, not Messi's, who was on the upper levels of the La Liga table. Finally, Granada succeeded in the latter weeks of the season, where four victories in six matches earned them seventh place and Europa League qualification, has not dissipated as the Andalusians contested on several fronts.

Jesus Vallejo quotes

One of the

top facts about Jesus Vallejo

is that he has the following sayings about his activities:

Jesus Vallejo tells CBS Sports, "I remember I talked with the manager, with Diego Martinez, [sporting director] Fran Sanchez and some of my teammates like Carlos Fernandez." He added, "They told me it was the best idea to go to Granada because the atmosphere there was fantastic. The first day I could see this.”

"Here my teammates are my friends too. I can learn with them and with the coach Diego every day. I recommended this experience now for Alberto Soro, a new team-mate [and former Real Madrid player]. We are a pack here and we are a very good group. You can notice this from the first day.”

"The secret of all this success is the group. Everybody here feels important when they have to play, we can achieve important things in Europa League because we are looking forward to these games."

It is worth mentioning that the approach in which manager Martinez used was widely well-known in Spain that season. His team would develop chemistry not only on the training field but through barbecues at each others' homes and hikes in the hills together. 

Coronavirus enforced lockdown in Spain caused those specific ways of team building on pause but Jesus Vallejo was still able to welcome his new environment.

He noted, "We did a lot of Zoom, we played Playstation tournaments: FIFA, Call of Duty. Our girlfriends, our friends [play] too. This was very important, I spent more time in quarantine at home than in the dressing room last season.”

"It's different [to other teams I have been with]. In Madrid, for example, we have a lot of games and then the players want more time at home with the family. 

"Here, it's like a family. In Granada, if you go to the dressing room, you're at home."

"It's a mix of joy and opportunity," the Real Madrid loanee said of his side's involvement in the Europa League. "This is a very important moment for Granada. We can do important things. We have a much better team this year, we can compete against everybody. We are very focused on the game. 

"We can see if we are not very focused we have problems, like the day of Atletico Madrid. If we are focused we can achieve important goals."

Getafe's style could hardly be more different to the defensive style of Real Madrid and other top clubs, where defenders are supposed to play as deep-lying playmakers, but it is maybe a more active finishing school for a young centre-back such as Jesus Vallejo.

"In Madrid we train a lot with the ball, here in Granada we are very focused on the small details," he explained.

"I think if you are a central defender in Real Madrid you have to play very far from your goalkeeper. You have to be focused all game, you have the ball but suddenly you have to sprint 40 metres and be fast, be focused. You have more space behind you, here you are defending as a group. This is easier here than in Madrid.

"Right now it's the best club [for me]. I need to improve; I need to play a lot of games."

To achieve them, Vallejo needs the right proving ground but for the young center-back Granada is proving to be so much more than just another stop on his road to Real Madrid and La Furia Roja. In a year when community has been all the tougher to find, Vallejo has found a home for himself.

Jesus Vallejo future at Madrid

According to a report from MARCA, Jesus Vallejo is being regarded as a fourth-choice centre back choice if Raphael Varane leaves Real Madrid.

The team know that Raphael Varane can have a large transfer fee for them, relative to other players in the squad, and thus the team would be willing to cash in on him given there is only one year remaining on his current contract. With renewal talks at a dead end, Real Madrid may be forced to keep French centre back, Raphael Varane.

in spite of the fact that Real Madrid potentially may lose two of the best center backs in the world, the club may decide to get out of the market. Long-time objectives, Jules Kounde and Pau Torres, have both been believed too expensive for the club. The team managers can instead choose to promote Militao and Nacho’s roles within the team.

The addition of David Alaba, together with the developing roles of Militao and Nacho, still leaves one spot open. Jesus Vallejo should not be the player nominated to fill that dump. Jesus Vallejo has retreated in his last two seasons as a professional football player and struggled to break into the starting XI at Granada.

If the team do decide to select a cheaper fourth string alternative, then they have a lot of of choices from the Cantera. Victor Chust, a left footed centre back, captain of Castilla, and captain of the UEFA Youth League championship team has already played for the first team on a few times. Pablo Ramon, the excellent young centre back from Mallorca, has earned admiration from many, including one of Getafe’s former U-19 mangers. And the third choice, the least talked about but perhaps the best defender of the three is Mario Gila. He was a stand out for Raul’s Castilla and constantly accomplished at a high level in Segunda B.

Each of the above-mentioned names may probably play a developmental 4th-string role for at least one season as the team attempts to get their moneys in order for next summer.

Sponsoring a youth football player would help with UEFA home grown squad necessities and would cost the team nothing. One of the

top facts about Jesus Vallejo

is that he 24 years old at the moment and his latest performances on loan have not deserved a return to Real Madrid.

Jesus Vallejo Captaincy

Jesus Vallejo seems to be a usual leader, and apparently takes the armband wherever he plays. At Zaragoza, he became captain immediately when he was 18 years old, and it was a similar case at international level. 

Jesus Vallejo has captained the Under-21 team ten times out of his 22 games, and was La Furia Roja's captain in 2019 for that already talked about Euros success.

Jesus Vallejo is vocal, fervent and strong-minded to win; he should fit in well to a club side that are well trained and demonstrative in their wish to play for each other.

Jesus Vallejo family

One of the top facts about Jesús Vallejo is that he has made his partner, María Delgado , overtly known through the prevalent social network Instagram . Though the viewers had already seen the young lady on the football player's program on Realmadrid TV's "Campo de Estrellas", Jesus Vallejo had not published any photos with her so far.

In one of the published photos, we can see that the former Real Zaragoza player took advantage of the day off to visit Navacerrada and enjoy the snow with his sweetheart and so make it clear that despite the distance that separates them both are very much in love.

Jesus Vallejo honours

Real Madrid

  • UEFA Champions League in 2017–18

  • UEFA Super Cup in 2017

  • FIFA Club World Cup in 2017 and 2018

Spain Under19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2015

Spain Under 21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2019; 

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship runner-up in 2017


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