Liverpool are set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Atletico Madrid left-back Javier Manquillo…
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Liverpool are set to capture Atletico Madrid youngster Javier Manquillo, and their search for a new left-back could be brought to an end as early this week. You can read more about the transfer story here.
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Javier Manquillo Gaitán was born in Madrid on 5th May 1994.
Manquillo began his football career with Real Madrid before moving to city-rivals Atletico in 2007, spending five years as part of the club’s youth academy. He played at Real alongside his twin brother Victor, a forward, but when the club decided to release him, Javier followed suit.
In November 2011 he made his unofficial debut with first team, playing in a friendly game against Zamalek SC, an Egyptian club currently managed by former Spurs striker – Mido.
On 8 December 2011 Manquillo made his official debut for the Colchoneros, starting in a 2-1 away loss against Albacete Balompiéfor in the Copa del Rey (with Madrid eventually going out 3-1 on aggregate). He was subsequently an unused substitute in the matches against Real Sociedad and Malaga, before finishing the campaign in the third division with 13 appearances for the B-side.
On 28 November 2012, again in the domestic cup, Manquillo appeared in his second game with Atlético’s main squad, playing 63 minutes in a 3–0 success at Real Jaén.