Manchester United's Chilean forward Angelo Henriquez insists that joining Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb on loan is not a backwards step in his footballing career, according to Goal.
Henriquez at United
The 20-year-old Chile international joined United from Universidad de Chile by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson back in the summer of 2012. Although the talented young striker has failed to break into the United first team, he has had productive loan spells at both Wigan Athletic and Real Zaragoza.
Not a step back
He said: "I don't think it was a backwards step in my career (joining Dinamo) but a good chance to play and get experience of European football."
The former Universidad man also revealed that he is in regular contact with United authorities and the coaches. He has been asked to provide every detail of his time in Zagreb, including his diet and the intensity of Dinamo's training program.
"I have constant contact with people from Manchester United. Not (Louis) van Gaal, but people from Carrington, the coaches. They want to know every detail – from the intensity of training here, diet, life in Zagreb," he added.
The Chilean believes that the regular interaction with United coaches is a clear indication that the Old Trafford club value him and want to see him progress.
One for the future?
"With that amount of care for a year, I know I'm still being followed by United," he said.
The 20-year-old believes that Dinamo Zagreb are a top club that aspires to win trophies and be the best in the country, which will have a huge impact on his career as a footballer.
"Dinamo is a special challenge for me because I know the club aspires to be the best in Croatia and that will help me achieve my goal," he said.
The Chilean forward has scored three goals in six appearances for the Croats. But with all the star names signed by United, first team opportunities look bleak in the future for the young striker.
Van Gaal faith
That being said United manager Louis van Gaal is a man known for his trust in youth and the Chilean will get his deserved chance at the club if he continues with his rich vein of form.
Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic certainly sees Henriquez in high regard.
"Henriquez is a real player, his movement and engagement can only be a plus for our team," the 43-year-old revealed.
Dinamo are currently top of their group in the Europa League and will face Scottish champions Celtic at Celtic Park in their next game.
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