Asier Illarramendi Andonegi (Mutriku, Guipúzcoa, 1990) is officially a Real Madrid player. The Real Sociedad’s midfielder becomes the fourth reinforcement for the white team and the fifth footballer from the first team who won the Under-21 Championship this past June with the Spanish National Team which amazed the continent and where a perfect partnership was created together with his new teammate Isco (Nacho, Morata and Carvajal were the only other three to attain it). An intuitive player when it comes to recover and smart at the time to distribute, he will provide Ancelotti the mobility and dynamism that turned him into a key piece last season for the Real Sociedad to become classified for the Champions League ten seasons later.
Trained on the lower ranks of the Real Sociedad, Asier Illarramendi comes to Real Madrid after playing two entire seasons on the First Division and playing 56 matches (53 of them as an incumbent on the line-up) with the top white-and-blue team throughout his career. He does it, additionally, after being a shining star at the Under-21 European Cup and being included by the UEFA in the ideal team of the tournament (Morata and Isco were also chosen).
His debut on the First Division took place on January 23rd, 2011 against the Villareal at El Madrigal Stadium. That same season, he played two more matches, but it was not until the next season (2011/12) that he became part of the team’s top rank line-up, when he played 18 games. He became established during the season that just finished. The new Real Madrid teammate played 34 games with his team, all as an incumbent in the line-up, and became a key man for the Real Sociedad to be classified for the Champions League ten seasons later. An intuitive player when it comes to recover and smart at the time to distribute, Illarramendi will provide Carlo Ancelotti youth, projection, mobility, technique, good criteria, and dynamism for the mid-field.