Angelino is out of sight in Manchester City, having linked up with RB Leipzig on loan, but hopes he’s not out of mind as demonstrating his value in the Etihad Stadium remains part of his long-term strategy.
It might be a case of third time lucky for the 23-year-old left-back when he’s welcomed back into Pep Guardiola’s plans.
Angelino was originally obtained by City in 2013 and added to their famed academy system.
Five years were spent in Manchester before finally heading into PSV, with only three competitive looks taken in for the Blues.
A productive 2018-19 effort in the Netherlands convinced Guardiola to bring him back, but Angelino lasted only half a season, 12 appearances in total, before heading to the exits.
A positive notable has been produced in Leipzig, in what is meant to be a short-term arrangement, and there remains a desire on the Spaniard’s part to go back to England for another bite of the cherry.
“But I am still a City player and I do not give up on getting a place there.”
Part of the issue for Angelino is that he’s found himself competing for minutes at City with Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
He does, however, feel that he has benefitted from working with one of the best coaching brains in the company, with his aggressive mindset having been improved in Manchester.
I thought: “Well, I am here to fight, to see if I could get minutes. However, now I see the outcome. I am a much better player due to his methods.”
Guardiola also gave his blessing for Angelino to go for Germany, with Bundesliga title hopefuls Leipzig regarded as a great match for his energetic and attacking ability set.
“He said that he was going to be thrilled, that it was an ideal setting to see me again,” Angelino said of talks with the boss in his parent club.
“It was a choice that was there and that finally came to fruition. It was the best alternative. Spectacular. Fantastic for all: the design, the group, the trainer, the stadium, the fans… It took some time, but I am very content.”
Angelino took in eight appearances for Leipzig before European soccer closed down amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.