Pep Guardiola killed my confidence at Manchester City, says RB Leipzig’s Angelino

Angelino has scored eight goals in 31 appearances for RB Leipzig this season

Angelino says Pep Guardiola did not trust him at Manchester City and killed his confidence, before he completed a permanent move to RB Leipzig.

The left-back joined City aged 16 but after some loan spells and a brief move to PSV Eindhoven decided to move on.

The Spaniard is now playing regularly and thriving under Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, who he says had the “courage” to use him from the start.

“I had a rest when I was with Pep for six months, that was enough,” he said.

“I don’t want it again. That’s why I want to be on the pitch. I don’t like being out. I am thankful that I get to play most of the time. I had enough holidays.”

The 24-year-old was part of the RB Leipzig side who reached the Champions League semi-finals last year and returned on loan to the Bundesliga outfit this season.

Leipzig, who sit second in the table behind Bayern Munich, then exercised a clause in the deal to make his move permanent last week.

Asked about Guardiola and Nagelsmann, he said: “They both like to play with the ball, get the ball quick, there is one thing that is a big difference – one gave me the confidence and played me and the other didn’t.

“So I am thankful to Julian for the trust and sometimes you need, I don’t want to use a bad word, you need courage to put a player and he did from the first game.”

Angelino was on City’s books for more than four years before being sold to PSV in 2018, with the Premier League club then repurchasing the left-sided player the following season.

He played 12 times in all competitions before first being allowed to join Leizpig on loan in January 2020, but does not believe he got a fair chance under Guardiola.

“It killed me,” said Angelino. “The confidence was everything, when you don’t have the trust of a coach it is everything.

“I was judged for pre-season, two games, and then I didn’t get my chance until a few months. It is hard to play one game every two months so I am just happy that happened so I could come here and meet Julian and everyone here.

“It was a 50/50 experience. On one side I really learned a lot from Pep, he improved me as a player on the pitch and I have to be thankful also for the experience.

“On the other side I didn’t play as much as I wanted to or I deserved.”

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Transfer gossip: Messi, Guardiola, Grealish, Bailly, Dzeko, Alaba

Manchester City remain interested in signing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi when his contract expires next summer – and a spell with New York City FC in the United States could also tempt the 33-year-old Argentina forward. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)external-link

Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, has moved to the top of City’s list of transfer targets, while the Etihad Stadium club are also considering whether to trigger a £25m buy-back clause for Villa’s 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz. (Daily Star on Sunday)external-link

Ajax director of football and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars says he is ready for a new challenge alongside the Dutch club’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper. The pair are linked to a possible switch to United. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Both Liverpool and Everton are interested in Torino’s Brazilian centre-back Gleison Bremer, 23. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester United have been told by defender Eric Bailly’s representatives that the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international may need to “assess” his future if his Old Trafford situation does not improve. (Calciomercato – in Italian)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says 21-year-old Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes’ loan spell from Benfica could end in January. (Sport TV, via Sky Sports)external-link

Some Manchester City fans believe a short-term move for their 34-year-old Bosnian former forward Edin Dzeko, who now plays at Roma, could be a wise decision when the transfer window reopens in January. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Juventus are leading the race for Bayern Munich’s 28-year-old Austria defender David Alaba, whose contract runs out next summer. (Tuttosport – in Italian)external-link

Crystal Palace are looking at Chelsea and Spain left-back Marcos Alonso, 29, as an option if Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt, 30, does not extend his deal with the Eagles beyond the end of this season. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Everton’s Ivorian midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 25, could leave the club on loan in January after failing to make an impact at Goodison Park. (Football Insider)external-link

Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 24, says 27-year-old forward Patrick Bamford, his Elland Road team-mate, is close to joining him on the international stage. (Yorkshire Evening Post)external-link

Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish believes Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will find the perfect solution to his defensive crisis after injuries to first-choice centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Southampton may look to sell Mohamed Elyounoussi to Celtic, with the 26-year-old Norwegian forward in his second spell on loan at the Scottish club. (Hampshire Live)external-link

The English Football League has placed a number of clubs under a transfer embargo after they took out a bridging loan with the governing body. (Mail on Sunday) external-link

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Transfer rumours: Messi, Guardiola, Rodriguez, Aurier, Ndombele, Holding

Senior figures at Barcelona expect Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, to join Manchester City. (Sunday Telegraph, subscription required)external-link

Manchester City are hopeful of a double high-profile signing, with Messi plus a new contract for manager Pep Guardiola. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, Messi has told Barcelona he will not be turning up for coronavirus testing on Sunday. (Marca)external-link

But a football agent who helped to take Messi to Barcelona claims it is “90%” sure he will stay at the Nou Camp. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Colombia international James Rodriguez, 29, will have a medical at Everton early next week as the Toffees close in on a season-long loan deal for the Real Madrid attacking midfielder. (Talksport)external-link

Tottenham’s Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier, 27, has rejected a move to Wolves as part of the proposed deal taking Republic of Ireland’s Matt Doherty, 28, in the other direction. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Inter Milan have told Tottenham they are interested in signing Tanguy Ndombele but want Spurs to lower their £55m valuation of the 23-year-old France midfielder. (Sunday Express)external-link

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Manchester City chairman ‘unhappy’ with failed title defence as Pep Guardiola seeks summer transfer backing

Manchester City’s owners have made clear to Pep Guardiola their displeasure after relinquishing the Premier League title to Liverpool.

Guardiola says chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is “unhappy” with him after City’s tame defence of their crown.

Now the Catalan wants the club to back his latest overhaul, with a top-class central defender and left-back his priorities when the transfer window opens.

And he has also revealed his own frustration after being beaten by Manchester United to two of his leading targets in Alexis Sanchez and Harry Maguire in recent years.

City may be celebrating their victory in the courts after seeing their two-year Champions League ban overturned on Monday, but Guardiola has already begun planning for next season in his bid to dethrone champions Liverpool.

After hitting out at allegations of serious breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), which were quashed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), he provided a revealing insight into the inner workings of the club and his frank discussions with City’s hierarchy.

While Guardiola says it’s been made clear to him the disappointment felt about missing out on a third straight title, he says he is also willing to let his own feelings be known.

“I’m going to defend my club, and I’m critical of my club,” he said. “Internally, when I don’t like something, I say to my chairman.

“My chairman is not happy with me. We finished 21 or 23 points behind Liverpool. He’s not happy with me, but we discuss internally to try and do better next season, to convince them, but always on the pitch.”

Pep Guardiola says chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is unhappy with Manchester City’s botched title defence (AFP via Getty Images)

Kalidou Koulibaly is among the centre-backs being considered by Guardiola, while Ben Chilwell has long been admired at left-back.

But despite a relaxing of FFP rules in light of the coronavirus pandemic and an emboldened feeling at City following their CAS appeal, Guardiola claimed even the resources available to the Abu Dhabi-owned club has not enabled them to compete with United for leading targets.

“We have a lot of money, but we wanted Alexis Sanchez and we could not afford it,” he said. “We wanted Harry Maguire and we could not afford it. We could not pay like United paid.

“So we have money, but the other clubs have money too. We spend in the last decade more than it was in the past.

“United with Sir Alex Ferguson spent a lot of money to be there, all the clubs, if you want to be on top, all the clubs, if you don’t it’s more difficult. Because being a good manager like I am, I’m not good enough without good players, no way.

The Catalan is now seeking support for a summer overhaul of his squad at the Etihad (AFP via Getty Images)

“I am humble enough to accept that without my players I am nothing, zero. That’s why I need my players, and for that I need clubs who are financially strong – like a lot of clubs – to do it.

“United, Arsenal in periods before they win the leagues invest more money than the other ones. When Chelsea start to win Premier Leagues, they invest more money than the other ones.

“I’m a good manager, but I don’t win titles if I don’t have good players and good players are expensive, but all the clubs spend a lot of money. Barcelona spend a lot of money, [Real] Madrid spend a lot of money, English teams spend a lot of money.

“But if we build the club in terms of the last decade to compete with the elite of the Premier League or Champions League, we need to invest.”

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Jurgen Klopp on Pep Guardiola rivalry and admiration for all Premier League bosses

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are creating one of the most memorable managerial rivalries in English club football but have nothing but mutual respect.

And Klopp believes he will never develop any animosity towards fellow managers.

He explains: “I don’t know most of them on a personal level so why should I have rivalry with a person I don’t know?

“I don’t have to hate the manager of the other team to want to beat him. That’s just not me.

“When I started playing football, I only played with my best friends. There were only ten or so. We played five-a-side and they were absolutely my best friends until they were on the other team.

There is plenty of respect between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

“Then, I wanted to beat him desperately just to win the game. And when the game was over, it was over and we went and did something completely different.

“We are constantly competing against our rivals when we are on the pitch but I don’t have enough time to think about all these other things.

“I don’t have anything but respect for the other managers because I know how difficult a job this is.”

Klopp watched on as his Liverpool side were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad on Thursday night.

The pair have been contesting honours in England for four years

The German and his Reds team received a guard of honour from their opponents after they assumed their crown.

And rather than mull over their defeat he was proud that his outfit had topped a team like Guardiola’s City.

“I think we proved that point, that City is an unbelievable team,” he said.

So, isn’t it nice that in this league another team can be champions even when City is around and plays this kind of football, that’s a surprise as well.”

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