Manchester City youngster Angelino thankful for New York City FC loan spell

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The 19-year-old Spanish left-back made his City debut in January after playing 14 times for their sister club during the second half of the 2015 MLS season.

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Manchester City youngster Angelino believes his loan spell at sister club New York City FC last year has made him more prepared for first-team football with the Citizens.

Angelino, 19, joined NYCFC last summer for the remainder of the 2015 MLS season and went on to make 10 starts in 14 appearances for the then-expansion club, recording four assists in the process.

Their season ultimately ended in disappointment as they missed out on a playoff spot by 12 points after slumping to an eighth place finish in the Eastern Conference, but the Spanish left-back stood out as a clear bright spot during the run-in for his pace, crossing and impressive dribbling skills.

Speaking to Man City’s official website, the speedy wide man was quick to stress how much he enjoyed his time in the States and noted that he learned some valuable lessons to take back to England from experienced teammates David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and Andoni Iraola.

“When I got the call from the club saying I had the chance to go play with [NYCFC] I was really happy and excited,” Angelino told mcfc.co.uk. “I enjoyed my time over there playing with Villa, Pirlo, Iraola, Frank Lampard – they’re all legends and I learned quite a bit from them like about how to keep calm in games.

“They’ve all been playing at the top level so they know how to manage things.”

Manchester City's Angelino in action

Angelino subsequently returned to City in early November and made his first-team debut only a few months later in the 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round win at Aston Villa, coming on for the last nine minutes of the match.

The Spain youth international, who joined the Sky Blues’ academy from boyhood club Deportivo La Coruna in 2013 after turning down offers from both Real Madrid and Barcelona, failed to make another senior appearance over the rest of the campaign, but he is now aiming to make a good first impression on incoming manager Pep Guardiola during preseason.

“I was waiting for [my debut] since I came back from New York,” Angelino told mcfc.co.uk. “I think it deserved it from one side. It was really good for me to make my debut and hopefully soon I’ll get some more minutes.

“Firstly, though, I need to thank the club and Manuel Pellegrini for the experience they gave me. I think I made the right decision to come here. I’ve enjoyed every single moment I’ve spent in this academy and club. Hopefully I’ll stay as long as the club wants me to stay.

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“All the young boys in preseason will have a massive chance and I think if you do well you might stay in the team or be around and about.”

Widely considered one of City’s top prospects, Angelino currently sits behind Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov in the left-back pecking order, but with compatriot Guardiola expected to revamp the squad over the summer, the teenage defender seems like a prime candidate to earn a full-time promotion to the senior squad before long.

Leicester City's Kyle Bailey in action against Manchester City's Angelino (L)

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