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Exclusive: Valencia icon Angulo urges patience with Celades favourite Hugo Gonzalez

Valencia youth coach Miguel Angel Angulo has identified Hugo Gonzalez as one to watch out for the future.

The 17-year-old has excelled for Angulo's Juvenil A side this season.

Los Che have managed to tie down Gonzalez until 2022, and the home-grown lad is content at the Mestalla, according to Super Deporte.

His performances have caught the eye of first-team boss Albert Celades, who is reportedly enamoured with the youngster.

An exciting winger, Gonzalzez is being tipped to emulate Ferran Torres, Lee Kang-in and Carlos Soler by breaking into the first-team.

However, Angulo tells Tribalfootball that the Spaniard needs more time to develop before taking the next step.

"He's very young. He's only 17 years old. It is his first year with 'Juvenil.' As a player, I believe he is unique and stands out," former Los Che midfielder Angulo said.

"Technically, he is superb and is great in one-on-one situations. Physically, he has great resilience. He is also a great finisher with both feet. He is still young and there are still areas he needs to improve on.

"I believe that he could be a player with a huge future in football. However, I'm not sure that he will be debuting with the first team next season.

"His position is already well covered by great players like Ferran Torres and Wass and Guedes too. Hugo González is definitely a player worth keeping an eye on. It's a question of time before he eventually plays for the first team, in the future."

Celades inherited the first-team after Marcelino was sacked last September.

The likes of Torres, Soler and fellow youngster Goncalo Guedes have flourished under the Spaniard this season.

And Angulo says Celades has been keeping a close eye on the academy-set up to unearth the club's next diamond.

"Yes, I've seen that Celades is very keen to know how we work at the Academy and which players are important for the future in Valencia CF.

"We've had an intercambio (exchange) of opinions and we've talked about a lot of footballers. Yes, he's a manager that cares about the lads working their way up through the ranks."

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