Angelino has confirmed that Barcelona were interested in signing him this summer, as he explained why he rejected their approach to re-join RB Leipzig.
The Manchester City defender spent the second half of last season at Leipzig, impressing under Julian Nagelsmann as the Bundesliga side reached the Champions League semi-finals.
Angelino’s form from left wing-back alerted Spanish giants Barcelona, in what was one of the stranger transfer stories of the summer. However, the Spaniard instead opted to return to Leipzig for a season-long loan with an automatic purchase for €18m if he makes 12 appearances for them including 5 of those in the second half of the campaign.
Last week, the City man responded to a fan on Instagram, saying he could not perform playing once a month, and now he has told SportBild that playing time was behind his decision to snub Barcelona and return to Germany.
“It’s great that one of the biggest clubs in the world wanted me,” Angelino said.
“But in my head it was always clear: I want to stay with RB and not at another club – no matter who it was about. Leipzig suits me, the club’s high goals fascinate me. I’m just as hungry as the club.
“The coach is one of the main reasons for me. I was enthusiastic about his idea and the way he played from the start. We really have a great relationship with each other. He often told me that he wanted to keep me, that I was an important part of the team.
“As a player, it just makes you feel good when you are really needed. I felt that connection throughout the club from day one. But my team-mates also made it easy for me to get my best performance straight away.”
Angelino added: “We play like Manchester City. Pep Guardiola and Julian Nagelsmann have the same style.
“But I’ve made a lot of tactical improvements – especially my positional play. The entire coaching team has already helped me a lot. Nagelsmann wants his full-backs, including me, to score and set up more goals.
“In my strongest season in Holland [at PSV Eindhoven], I had twelve assists. Achieving or surpassing that would be good. But of course the Bundesliga is different.
“The aim is that I keep the shape I was in last season. Then I can do my part to ensure that we achieve great things with the team.”
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