Vlad Chiriches

Squad No. 21
Date of Birth November 14, 1989
Age 32
Height 184cm
Position Defender
Birthplace Bacău
Previous Clubs SSC Napoli

Vlad Iulian Chiricheș (born 14 November 1989) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Italian Serie A club Sassuolo, and captains the Romania national team.

Primarily a central defender, he is also comfortable as a right back or a defensive midfielder.

Chiricheș spent the first part of his senior career in Romania with Internațional Curtea de Argeș, Pandurii Târgu Jiu and Steaua București. He helped the latter to a Liga I title and a Supercupa României before transferring to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-Romania record sale of €9.5 million. After two seasons, he moved to Serie A signing with Napoli. In 2020, Chiricheș was acquired by Sassuolo for €11 million after an initial loan.

A full international for Romania since 2011, he has earned over 60 caps and represented the country at the UEFA Euro 2016.

On 2 September 2019, Chiricheş joined Serie A club Sassuolo on loan with an obligation to buy for €12 million plus bonuses at the end of the season.

Chiricheş eventually left Napoli for Sassuolo in Summer 2020 for €11 million.