‘We have never spoken about selling him’: Barcelona director confirms club have no intention of letting teenage sensation Ansu Fati go amid interest from Manchester United
- Ansu Fati has emerged as an alternative to Jadon Sancho for Manchester United
- Reports earlier in the week suggested United were ready to pay £89m for Fati
- But Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana has dismissed the recent speculation
- The 17-year-old became the Catalan outfit’s youngest ever goalscorer in August
Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana has confirmed the club harbour no intentions of selling teenage star Ansu Fati amid links to Manchester United.
Fati has emerged as an alternative target to Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho for United, with reports in the week suggesting they were ready to pay £89million (€100m) for the 17-year-old.
He has had a breakthrough season at the Camp Nou, becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in August after netting a goal against Osasuna.
Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana has confirmed the club do not intend on selling Ansu Fati
The 17-year-old sensation has had a breakthrough season at the Catalan side this season
However, Vilajoana has poured cold water over speculation that Fati’s future could lie away from the current LaLiga champions.
‘For us, there’s no story with Ansu, we have never spoken about selling him,’ Vilajoana told Spanish outlet SPORT.
‘We won’t use players from the academy to make cash. In principle, we have no intention of selling the players we believe will make the first team.
Reports have said Ole Gunnar Solskajer is looking at Fati as an alternative to Jadon Sancho
‘I think he’s happy. He will be an important player in the coming years,’ Vilajoana added.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Fati had scored four goals and supplied an assist in 16 LaLiga appearances for the Catalan outfit.
Fati has played 24 matches in all competitions this season, scoring five goals.
The 17-year-old was born in Guinea-Bissau but has decided to represent Spain at international level and has already represented the country at U21 level.
But Vilajoana has declared the club have never even discussed moving the 17-year-old on
Fati honed his talents at his local club Herrera before moving to Sevilla’s academy at the age of eight.
However, after only two years in Seville, Fati was picked up by Barcelona’s La Masia academy and signed a professional contract prior to the ongoing season.
Quique Setien’s LaLiga leaders return to action on Saturday night for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic when they visit relegation-threatened Real Mallorca.
Fati became Barcelona’s youngest ever scorer in August after netting a goal against Osasuna
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