Denis Zakaria Biography
Denis Zakaria (Denis Lemi Zakaria Lako Lado) is a Swiss professional footballer born on 20th November 1996 in Geneva, Switzerland. He plays as a defensive midfielder for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga and the Switzerland national team.He was included in the 23 man squad in the Switzerland national football team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Denis Zakaria Career
He began his career at Servette FC, he rose through ranks at Swiss side Servette where he started out as a striker and was brought back to defence before finding his current position in central midfield.He made six appearances for Servette’s senior team before joining Young Boys in 2015.
Denis Zakaria BSC Young Boys
In June 2015 he signed a four year contract at an undisclosed fee with BSC Young Boys. On 18th July 2015 he made his Dwiss Super League debut against FC Zurich in a 1–1 away draw replacing Alexander Gerndt after 79 minutes.
Denis Zakaria Borussia Mönchengladbach
In June 2017 he signed a five-year contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach. He was a transfer as a replacement for Mahmoud Dahoud who left the club for Borussia Dortmund. The transfer fee is reportedly €10 million.
Zakaria told a news conference: “I felt their faith in me when I was speaking to them — this is how it was when I moved from Servette Genf to Young Boys Bern two years ago. I feel the move is a good decision
for me and Borussia are the next step in my career. I see the transfer as a challenge — I want to prove to myself that I can play at this level.”
Denis Zakaria Liverpool and Arsenal
Zakaria rejected contracts from Arsenal and Liverpool before joining Borussia Monchengladbach. He said that Borussia Monchengladbach showed more interest. His concerns were that he would go to one of the English clubs and end up just sitting on the bench on in the reserves.
[Gladbach] wanted me 100 percent, so I wanted to go here and not to Liverpool. If you go to England and you are not immediately good, you are immediately outside. It was too early for me.”
Denis Zakaria International Career
On 28th May 2018 he made his debut for the senior Switzerland national football team in a friendly 1–2 loss to Belgium. He was part of the squad for the 2016 European Championships.
Denis Zakaria Networth and Salary
He has an estimated Net Worth of $1 million and his salary is $0.2 million.
Denis Zakaria Age, Height, Weight
- Denis Zakaria Age: 21 as at 2018 (He was born on 20th November 1996)
- Denis Zakaria Height: 1.91m
- Denis Zakaria Weight: 80kg
- Denis Zakaria Nationality: Switzerland and DR Congo
Denis Zakaria Current Teams
- Borussia Mönchengladbach #8 as a midfielder
- Switzerland national football team #14 as a midfielder
Denis Zakaria Parents
His parents are of South Sudanese and Zairian descent.
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Denis Zakaria Stats/ Statistics
|24-02-2018||Hannover 96||0 : 1||Borussia M.Gladbach||80′||7.77|
|02-03-2018||Borussia M.Gladbach||2 : 2||Werder Bremen||
|10-03-2018||Bayer Leverkusen||2 : 0||Borussia M.Gladbach||79′||7.04|
|07-04-2018||Borussia M.Gladbach||2 : 1||Hertha Berlin||45′||6.24|
|14-04-2018||Bayern Munich||5 : 1||Borussia M.Gladbach||82′||5.85|
|20-04-2018||Borussia M.Gladbach||3 : 0||Wolfsburg||80′||7.08|
|28-04-2018||Schalke 04||1 : 1||Borussia M.Gladbach||60′||6.82|
|12-05-2018||Hamburger SV||2 : 1||Borussia M.Gladbach||57′||6.43|
|03-06-2018||Spain||1 : 1||Switzerland||90′||N/A|
|17-06-2018||Brazil||1 : 1||Switzerland||19′||5.99|
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Denis Zakaria says why he turned down Arsenal and Liverpool for Gladbach
Denis Zakaria moved from Young Boys to Gladbach, rejecting contracts from Arsenal and Liverpool this summer, and spoke out about the reasons behind his decision.The 20-year-old midfielder confirmed that Arsenal and Liverpool had both made contact with his agent, but he instead chose Borussia
Monchengladbach because they showed the most interest.
Zakaria’s concern was that he would go to one of the English clubs and end up just sitting on the bench on in the reserves. He told SportBild via Sport Witness: “[Gladbach] wanted me 100 percent, so I wanted to go here and not to Liverpool. If you go to England and you are not immediately good, you are immediately outside. It was too early for me.”
It’s no surprise a young player in an weaker league would have concerns about directly making the switch to Arsenal. The Gunners have plenty of midfield options with more experience which would likely reduce his playing time.
He mentioned Granit Xhaka’s development in the interview, showing that he’s willing to follow the lead of the Swiss International by growing at a club like Glabach. He’ll be ready to move on to one of Europe’s
biggest clubs when an opportunity arises in the future.
The defensive midfielder made 34 appearances for BSC Young Boys last season.
Source: Dailycannon.com (June 2017)