Former Manchester City full-back Angelino has hit out at Pep Guardiola for the way he treated him at the club.
Angelino joined City as a youth player in 2013, but featured very little and went on several loan spells before joining PSV in a permanent deal in 2018.
A solid season in the Eredivisie prompted City to buy Angelino back one year later. However, if he thought they would give him more chances upon his return, he was wrong.
Angelino only played six times in the Premier League before leaving for RB Leipzig on loan. That deal extended into this season and was made permanent earlier this month.
Hence, Angelino’s City career ended with just 15 appearances. Given his form with Leipzig, there may be a hint of regret that things did not work out in Manchester.
Now, the Spaniard has made a strong but honest admission about how City boss Guardiola affected his confidence negatively.
“Pep killed me and my self-confidence,” he is quoted as saying by Bild (via Sport Witness).
“After my move from Eindhoven back to City, he had already passed his judgement on me in two preparation games and didn’t give me a real chance again after that.
“That’s why I was happy to be loaned to Leipzig in the first place, and now I’m a permanent part of the club.
“One (manager, Julian Nagelsmann) gave me confidence and let me play. The other didn’t.
“In Leipzig, I felt confidence from day one. The club and the coach gave me an incredible push. I am now happy to be able to play consistently in Leipzig.”
City star set to leave?
Meanwhile, reports indicate that current City striker Sergio Aguero will be inundated with offers in the summer.
Aguero is out of contract at the end of the season and has featured little in recent months due to injuries.
Despite his record as City’s all-time top scorer, the club could be ready to release him – but he will have no shortage of suitors.
In fact, four of Europe’s biggest clubs are reportedly chasing him.