The creative midfielder featured in five of the first six qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup but found himself out of favour with coach Oscar Tabarez for 18 months, returning to the squad in March this year. He made his international debut in 2006 against England at Anfield.
Gonzalez played for Danubio in his homeland between 2002 and 2008, hitting 44 goals in 144 league games and winning two league titles (2004 and 2007). He moved on loan to Monaco in 2008 and was snapped up by Valencia six months later ahead of the 2008/09 season.
After only a few months in Spain he was brought to Newcastle on loan by the club's executive director Dennis Wise, against the wishes of Magpies manager Kevin Keegan, who quit in protest.
The transfer was central to Keegan's successful compensation claim against Newcastle, when it emerged the former England boss had only seen Gonzalez on YouTube and did not think he was good enough for the Premier League. Gonzalez would only make two substitute appearances for Newcastle before returning to Valencia.
In January this year he moved on loan to Greek side Levadiakos, making 14 appearances as the club were relegated from the Greek Super League. He has yet to play a game for Valencia.
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