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RB Leipzig have confirmed that they have signed left-back Angelino from Manchester City on a permanent basis.
The 24-year-old joined Leipzig on loan in January 2020, and the German team agreed on an obligation to sign Angelino permanently if he appeared in a certain number of games in the 2020/21 campaign.
According to the Daily mail, the agreement was that Leipzig would have to sign Angelino if he played in more than 12 games in all competitions, five of which were to come in the second half of the German season. Friday’s 2-1 win over Augsburg was his fifth appearance in the second half of the campaign and his 29th since the start of the season.
Leipzig led his official website shortly after the game to confirm that they had made the option to sign Angelino permanently, in a deal worth £ 16 million.
As part of the deal, City is understood to have an Angelino buyback clause worth close to £ 35m.
“Angelino is an extremely good player who is very important to our game,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann. “He has played an important role for us from the beginning and although he has already developed very well and quickly, there is much more to him.
“He wants to make sure he’s constantly developing, always working on new things and that’s extremely impressive.”
Sporting director Markus Krosche added: “It took Angel a short time to get used to our game and he found our style of play from the beginning. He also contributed to achieving our goals at the Champions League level. He has been a success with us. Therefore We are very happy that he continues to wear the RB Leipzig jersey. “
In his 29 appearances this season, Angelino has scored an impressive eight goals and 11 assists in all competitions, and is indeed at the top of Leipzig’s scoring and assists charts this year. Not bad for a left back.
He leaves City permanently for the second time in his career, having first been sold to PSV Eindhoven in 2018 before being returned 12 months later.
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