We bring you all the important facts and figures on our transfer deadline day loan signing Denis Zakaria...
What position does Zakaria play?
Denis Zakaria is primarily a defensive midfield player, although he has also operated frequently as a more advanced box-to-box midfielder for Juventus and Borussia Monchengladbach. He has also filled in as a centre-back on occasion.
What squad number does Zakaria wear?
Denis Zakaria's Chelsea squad number for the 2022/23 season will be announced shortly. He wore 28 on his shirt for Juventus, as well as his first two clubs Servette and Young Boys in Switzerland. Zakaria was No8 during his five seasons in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach and has mostly switched between eight and 17 for the Swiss national team.
How many Champions League appearances has Zakaria made?
Denis Zakaria has played nine games in the Champions League. That includes one in the last 16 for Juventus last season after joining the Italian club in January, plus five for Borussia Monchengladbach in 2020/21 and three games for Young Boys, although they were all in the qualifying rounds.
How many goals has Zakaria scored?
Although predominantly a defensive player, Denis Zakaria has 16 goals to his name in 234 senior club appearances. He scored one Serie A goal at Juventus, on his debut in a 2-0 win over Hellas Verona, having previously found the net 11 times for Borussia Monchengladbach, all in the Bundesliga. He also scored twice each for Young Boys and Servette.
How many appearances did Zakaria make for Juventus?
After joining Juventus in January, Denis Zakaria played 15 times for the Bianconeri in the second half of last season and early stages of the current campaign. 11 of those came in Serie A, as well as one Champions League appearance against Villarreal in the last 16 and three games in the 2021/22 Coppa Italia as Juventus reached the final before losing to Inter Milan in extra time.
How old is Zakaria?
Denis Zakaria was born on 20 November 1996, meaning he is 25 years old.
How tall is Zakaria?
Denis Zakaria is 6ft 3in – or 1.91m – tall.
Where is Zakaria from?
Denis Zakaria was born in Switzerland’s second city Geneva – where he also began his football career with Servette – to parents from South Sudan and Congo.
How many international caps does Zakaria have?
Denis Zakaria has made 40 senior international appearances for Switzerland since making his debut in a friendly defeat to Belgium in May 2016. It was a warm-up game ahead of that summer’s European Championship and Zakaria was named in their final squad, although he was an unused substitute during the tournament. However, he has represented Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020, as well as the 2019 Nations League Finals. The midfielder has scored three times for his country, against Iceland in the Nations League and both Georgia and Gibraltar in Euro 2020 qualifiers.