Angelino has sent a warning to Benjamin Mendy and Oleks Zinchenko that he’s vying for their place in the starting XI.
Manchester City sprang a transfer surprise this summer when they paid the defender’s £5million release clause to bring him back to the Etihad a year after he left for PSV Eindhoven.
The 22-year-old had made just three first team appearances before Pep Guardiola sold him to the Dutch side before the start of the last campaign and after impressing in the Eredivisie the decision was made to bring him back to Manchester.
While it may come as a surprise to supporters, especially given it was understood a left-back was not a priority this summer, the defender was expecting it. “No, I wasn’t surprised to get the call from City,” said Angelino.
“After a good season I didn’t expect it but I was hoping to get the call. I had the clause in my contract to come back so it was up to me to have a good season and see what happened and thankfully nothing happened,” he said.
With City still unable to rely on Benjamin Mendy to play regularly the 22-year-old believes he could have what it takes to become first choice.
“That’s my aim, to become first choice,” he explained. “I try to play as much as I can and enjoy everything I can. It’s a tough group. They have the best players in the starting XI and it’s hard but you have to train hard and hopefully get a chance.
When Angelino first arrived at City as a schoolboy he admitted one of the reasons he picked the club over Barcelona and Real Madrid was because learning the English language was a useful fallback if things didn’t work out in football.
But now he feels he has improved so much he is capable of being a regular starter for the Premier League champions.
“I think I improved and I’m not the same player I was when I was here before,” Angelino said. “The last season at PSV was really good and hopefully I can do the same here.”
The left-back has been given the No.12 shirt ahead of the new campaign suggesting his expected involvement in the first team, however the defender admitted he has yet to speak to Guardiola about his plans for him.
“No, I haven’t had that discussion with him. But my main goal is to get as many minutes as I can.”