Diogo Dalot Biography, Manchester United


Diogo Dalot Biography

Diogo Dalot full name José Diogo Dalot Teixeira is a Portuguese professional footballer born on 18th March 1999 in Braga, Portugal. He was signed by Manchester United on 6th June 2018 to play as  a full-back. He formerly played as Porto defender.

Diogo Dalot Career

At the age of 9 in 2008 Diogo Dalot joined Porto’s youth system. He made his senior debut with the B team on 28th January 2017, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home loss against Leixões S.C. for the LigaPro championship.

During the 2016 UEFA European Under- 17 Championship he helped Portugal win by scoring twice in five games in Azerbaijan including once in the final against Spain. The same year, he helped the under-19 team reach the quarter-finals of the same competition.

After starting three of Portugal’s first four games at the tournament, in which they scored 12 goals without reply, Dalot went on to net in a 2-0 semi-final win over the Netherlands.

Diogo Dalot represented the nation at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup,starting in all the matches in an eventual quarter-final exit.

Diogo Dalot first appeared with the first team in competitive games on 13 October 2017, starting in a 6–0 away win over Lusitano G.C. for the season’s Taça de Portugal. He first played in the Primeira Liga on 18 February 2018, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 5–0 home routing of Rio Ave FC.

In February 2018 Dalot made his first team debut at the age of 18, coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Rio Ave. After another substitute appearance against Estoril, Dalot then started four consecutive games for Porto, recording two assists in the first of those against Portimonense.

Diogo Dalot – Manchester United

On 6th June 2018 Diogo Dalot signed a five year contract for a fee of £19 million with an option to extend for a further year.

“Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club. He has all the attributes that a full-back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe and we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United.” Murinho said.

This is what Dalot had to say after the signing;

“Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me. I have grown up in Porto’s academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me. But the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down. I’m excited about working with Jose Mourinho and learning everything I can from such a successful coach. I am looking forward to playing alongside the fantastic players in the squad.”

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