Manchester City defender Angelino joins New York City FC on season-long loan

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The 18-year-old Spaniard will be eligible to feature for the MLS club once the league's summer transfer window opens on 8 July.

Manchester City defender Jose Angel Tasende has joined sister club New York City FC on loan for the remainder of the 2015 MLS season, the two sides have confirmed.

Tasende, known as Angelino, will be eligible for selection once the MLS transfer window opens on July 8 and is likely to provide left-back competition for Jeb Brovsky and Chris Wingert.

The second City loanee to join NYCFC after fellow defender Shay Facey made the move in March, head coach Jason Kreis told the club’s official website of his delight at his latest acquisition.

“Angelino is a talented young player that I became very familiar with when I spent my five months over in Manchester,” said Kreis. “Immediately, he was somebody that I liked. I was impressed with his character, the way he trained and the effort he gave to the team on the pitch. I couldn’t be more pleased that we’ve been able to bring him into this squad.

“Angelino is very hungry to move forward in his career and has a fighting mentality that you want to see in a young professional. For a team that wants to play the way we do, he has all the attributes you’d want to see in an outside back.

“Defensively he’s very good in 1-v-1 battles but is also effective in getting forward and serving good balls into the box.”

Angelino, 18, moved to the Etihad Stadium from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 2013, having turned down offers from both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and earned his Under-21s debut at the age of just 16.

The promising Spaniard made 20 appearances for Patrick Vieira’s Elite Development Squad last season, while recording four goals and two assists, and showcased his attacking talents with a hat-trick in April’s 4-2 win over Leicester.

“Angelino’s development in the last 18 months in Manchester has been tremendous,” NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna added. “He has excellent technical qualities on the ball and plays with a competitive spirit that will fit in nicely to the team.

“He is in the City Football Group family and we’ll do everything we can to make sure he settles in, develops as a player and has a great experience with New York City FC.”

NYCFC themselves have made a slow start to their inaugural MLS campaign, having amassed three wins, five draws and seven defeats in their opening 14 games, and sit bottom of the Eastern Conference on 14 points.

However, the club are now on their first-ever winning streak after recording back-to-back victories over the Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact and will look to make it three in tomorrow night’s US Open clash with USL’s New York Cosmos.

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