Manchester City let one of their bright young prospects go in the summer when PSV Eindhoven signed Angeliño in a deal worth over €5 million.
The decision was criticised by some Blues who thought the 21-year-old could play a part at the Etihad Stadium, particularly with just one specialist (and injury-prone) left-back, Benjamin Mendy, on the books.
Pep Guardiola has Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko as converted left-back options however, and the decision was made to let Angeliño go – most likely with some sort of buy-back clause.
The Spaniard has impressed at his new club and appeared against the likes of Tottenham and Inter in the Champions League for Mark van Bommel’s side.
And in an interview with Madrid-based newspaper Marca today, Angeliño was quizzed a little about his time at Manchester City and working with Pep Guardiola.
The full-back snubbed Real Madrid and Barcelona to join the City academy – a decision he stands by.
“I received several offers, I chose to go to England and have no regrets,” Angeliño said. “I had several wonderful years and also thought the [English] language would help me find work… if I could not be a footballer.”
Angeliño made his first-team debut at City under Manuel Pellegrini, but also got a little playing time when Pep Guardiola was in charge and spoke highly of the Catalan coach.
“I did not play much, but the six months I was with Pep were a pleasure. You learn from a genius like him every day.”
The former City youngster went from appearing against Steaua in the Champions League and Swansea in the EFL Cup to joining partner club Girona FC – then in Spain’s second division – on loan, and admits he found it jarring.
“I went from being with Pep to playing in the Segunda [División]… I didn’t really know where I was going.
“My idea was not to go out [on loan] so many times, but I’m happy because those decisions have helped me now to be at a top team.”
He didn’t quite make the grade at Manchester City, but José Ángel Esmorís Tasende, better known as Angeliño, is forging a good career at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and playing Champions League football, while also becoming part of Spain’s under-21 national team.