19-year-old Spanish left-back Angeliño has been one of Manchester City’s standout performers in this pre-season, impressing not only City fans, but Pep Guardiola himself with his darting runs down the left flank, excellent link-up play, and impressive work rate.
With veteran left-backs Gaël Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov still at the club, Angeliño could be forgiven for spending another season out on loan following a productive learning experience at sister club New York City FC.
However, according to Mundo Deportivo, the Galician-born youngster, who joined City in 2012, has already snubbed three tempting loan offers from European top-flight clubs.
Belgian giants Anderlecht and Dutch duo FC Utrecht and Feyenoord have all tried to recruit Angeliño on loan this summer, but he has rejected all three opportunities. His dream is to play among the best at Manchester City, having worked his way up several age groups in the youth system.
Guardiola was full of praise for both Angeliño and his friend, right-back Pablo Maffeo, after their performances against Bayern Munich in City’s first pre-season friendly, calling them ‘amazing’. Along with fellow EDS defender, Tosin Adarabioyo, the Spaniards were the only players to complete 90 minutes in that game. Angeliño was a late substitute in the next friendly, against Borussia Dortmund, but was again lively in the time he had on the pitch.
Angeliño showed an unusual level of maturity for one so young upon moving to Manchester. Having turned down offers from Real Madrid and Barcelona, the teenager said, “I chose City because, if I do not reach the first team, I’ll have learned English and it would help me find a job.”
Angeliño is unlikely to have to look for a job outside of football and if performances like those we have seen in pre-season continue, he could be playing regularly for the Manchester City first-team before the age of 20. Having turned down loan moves, he may feel he can be part of Pep Guardiola’s plans for the coming season.