03 June 2013
Daniel Carvajal is Real Madrid’s first reinforcement for the 2013-2014 season. The Spanish defender returns to the club where he played the first nine seasons of his career and after having defended the colours of Bayer Leverkusen during the last season, in which he was voted best right back in the Bundesliga. An under-21 international, he is a player who already has a great pedigree, a fine defender who can join the attack with great ease (he scored a goal and made seven assists in the German league championship). Among his outstanding qualities are his capacity for work, a great physique and speed. This season he scored one goal and provided seven assists.
Born on 11 January 1992, Carvajal is a classic example of an academy player who has triumphed and achieved the dream of every footballer who passes through La Fábrica: to join the Real Madrid first team. He arrived at the club in July 2002 to play with Alevín B. He continued to grow as a player from one year to the next, spending nine seasons with in the lower divisions. In 2009-2010 he won a League and a Champions Cup with the Junior A team. This was the springboard that launched him into Castilla. There he won a permanent place in the squad on the right wing and he played a crucial role in their promotion to the Second Division in 2011-2012.
His talents did not go unnoticed by Bayer Leverkusen, who signed him last summer. In the Bundesliga he has made the definitive leap to become a class player and he has realized his potential as one of the defenders with the most brilliant future in Spanish football. A fact that illustrates his class is that the newspaper Bild selected him as the best right back in the German league. An international with the Spanish youth squads, he was one of the team that became European under-19 champions for Spain and this summer he will be playing with the under-21s.