Son of former striker Dmitry Cheryshev, Denis moved to Spain aged six with his father, who had just signed for Sporting Gijon. Denis himself started out at Sporting before following his dad to Burgos CF and eventually getting a chance at Real Madrid’s academy.
Denis rose through the ranks in Madrid, having a particularly successful stint in the ‘B’ team, Real Madrid Castilla. His performances were such that in November 2012, he became the first Russian player to play for Los Merengues in a competitive fixture.
Persistent injuries prevented the winger from nailing down a starting role at the Spanish giants, so he went on loan in search of playing time at Sevilla, Villarreal and then Valencia. In summer 2016, Villarreal decided to bring him back on a permanent basis.
Cheryshev’s debut for Russia came in November 2012 against USA. His experience of playing in one of the strongest leagues in the world will no doubt come in useful for the Sbornaya this summer.