Patrick Vieira labels Angelino the best youngster he has worked with at Manchester City

Patrick Vieira

The 18-year-old Spanish left-back will officially join sister club New York City FC on loan next month.

Manchester City Elite Development Squad manager Patrick Vieira has told EmpireOfSoccer that highly-rated left-back Angelino is the best youngster he has worked with during his two seasons at the club.

Angelino, whose full name is Jose Angel Tasende, joined the Premier League side from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 2013 after rejecting lucrative offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and went on to earn his EDS debut before the age of 17.

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

He is now set to join sister club New York City FC on loan for the rest of the 2015 MLS season when the league’s summer transfer window opens on 8 July and Vieira is looking forward to seeing him get his first taste of senior action over the coming months.

“I’ve been working the youth development with City for the last two years. Angelino was the best player I had,” said Vieira. “The person, the football, the respect, the completion of the boy, of the player…I’m in love with him.

“He is a good player that I really enjoyed coaching because he will be the first in training, he will be the last to leave, he will do extra even if you don’t ask him. He loves football and for a manager, it’s fantastic. He loves playing football and he’s talented.”

Vieira added that NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis is already well-acquainted with Angelino from his time working in Manchester last year and thinks that the 18-year-old will have few problems setting into life in MLS as a result.

“Jason knows how he is as a person, he knows his strength, he knows his weakness and Jason will help him to develop himself,” Vieira continued. “This is the reason why he’s coming because Jason knows him and Jason knows that having Angelino in his squad will improve his squad as well.”

Angelino is the second City loanee to join NYCFC after fellow defender Shay Facey made the move to Yankee Stadium in March and Vieira believes the former EDS skipper has made some promising strides forward during his time in the States.

“Sometimes, he has some doubt about his ability and that puts him down a little bit when he makes a mistake,” Vieira told EmpireOfSoccer. “When he grows up and becomes more of a man, he will be a real interesting player because he’s quick, really quick and really, really quick, he’s good on the ball and technically he can play football.”

After starting his NYCFC spell at right-back, Facey has moved into the centre of defence in recent weeks and put in some encouraging performances to help the expansion franchise turn around their form.

Kreis’ men began their inaugural campaign with just two victories in their opening 13 games but their current three-game winning streak has now lifted them off the bottom of the Eastern Conference ahead of the weekend’s Hudson River derby against the New York Red Bulls.

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