Santos winger Angelo: I am happy because Barça are watching me
Angel has spoken to SPORT in an exclusive interview
Barcelona have the first option on young Santos stars Angelo and Kaiky after reaching an agreement with the Brazilian club in January.
Barça saw off competition from other European clubs to secure the clause, which allows them to buy either player for around €35 million, and winger Angelo is of particular interest.
Angelo, who has an exquisite left foot, will not turn 18 until December, so the nxt step is to monitor how he develops before deciding whether to bring him to Europe.
“I deal with the situation in the simplest way possible," Angel has told SPORT in an exclusive interview. "As Barça have a preferential option, I just have to play football, I don't have to worry about anything else because I leave it with my parents, with my agent Marisa and with Santos. I only have to worry about playing football.”
“Obviously I am happy because Barcelona are watching me, as are other big clubs in Europe, but I have to think about continuing to be happy at Santos. I am very proud to be here playing for the club that I love and has given me everything."
Angelo knows that from the moment that Barça's option was confirmed his reputation has changed internationally.
"Perhaps this agreement between the clubs could be interpreted as a seal of [my] quality, but, for me, we must not forget that, at this moment, the main aim is to be playing for Santos, a club where Pele and many great players have played. Playing here already shows that you have great value," Angelo added.
Coming from Brasilia, his hometown, when he was just a 10-year-old boy, he has been at Santos ever since.
However, he added: "Of course I want to go and play in Europe and be able to fulfill my dream of reaching the Seleçao (Brazil national team) and playing in a World Cup, but first I intend to carve my name in Santos' history books. I want to win titles here so I can leave happy."