Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati ‘granted Spanish nationality’ and could play for the national team THIS YEAR after rejecting chance to play for birth country Guinea-Bissau
- Ansu Fati has been granted Spanish nationality and could be called up this year
- The 16-year-old rejected the chance to play for birth country Guinea-Bissau
- The teenage sensation has made a stunning start to senior career for Barcelona
Ansu Fati could play for the Spanish national team this year after rejecting the chance to play for his birth country Guinea-Bissau.
The teenage sensation, who also qualifies to represent Portugal, was cleared by FIFA to represent his adopted country and could be called up later this year, according to Onda Cero.
The 16-year old burst onto the scene this season, becoming Barcelona’s youngest ever goalscorer in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna.
Wonderkid Ansu Fati has been cleared by FIFA to represent the Spanish national team
Ansu Fati this season
Made senior debut vs Real Betis
Became Barcelona’s youngest ever scorer with goal vs Osasuna
Scored and assisted on first start in 5-2 win vs Valencia
Made Champions League debut when he started against Borussia Dortmund
The forward also scored and assisted on his first start in the Catalan Giants’ 5-2 victory over Valencia leading many to tip him for greatness.
The starlet had been expected to be called up by Spain to play in the Under 17 World Cup later this month, but was not selected due to the likelihood of him being called up to a higher level.
On his omission, Spain’s youth team sporting director Francisco Hernandez said: ‘We have taken the decision not to include him in this squad.
‘This was following a wider sporting review in that we consider him in a better position to play with an older category and for that to be the case, he cannot come to the Under-17 World Cup.
‘We want him to star for the senior team as soon as possible.’
Fati has made a stunning start to his senior career this season and is tipped for greatness