Barcelona clash with Spanish FA as they fast track nationalisation of Ansu Fati to allow teenager to represent country at Under-17 World Cup
Barcelona are embroiled in a row with the Spanish FA after they fast tracked the nationalisation of teenager Ansu Fati.
The 16-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season at the Nou Camp, scoring twice in the three La Liga appearances.
That has brought him to the attention of the country’s football association, who are looking to nationalise the Guinea-Bissau born forward, who can also represent Portugal.
Barcelona have clashed with the Spanish FA over their decision to fast track Ansu Fati
According to El Mundo Deportivo, that paperwork has now been processed in time to allow the player to be selected for the Under-17 World Cup, something that has upset Barcelona.
The tournament begins in Brazil next month, running from October 26 to November 17, which would see Barcelona forced to do without him for up to five weeks.
This has annoyed the powers that be at the club, who believe he is being taken away at an invaluable stage of his education at the Spanish champions.
Fati has enjoyed a breakout season at the Nou Camp, scoring twice in his first three matches
There is little Barcelona can do, with Spain’s Under-17 coach Robert Moreno confirming Fati is set to join up with the side in October.
‘The people of the Federation are working on allowing Ansu Fati to play for us,’ he told Movistar TV.
‘He is a joy when playing for Barça, a player who left the Masía. You have to be calm and I hope he has that.’