Ansu Fati: «There were offers, but I was always clear that I wanted to succeed here»

Joan Laporta and Ansu Fati, during the act of renovation of the footballer. / Photo: Josep Lago (Afp) | Video: Atlas

Act of renewal

The young pearl culé assures after his renewal that inheriting Messi’s ’10’ does not imply additional pressure but is a “motivation”, although he warns that “no one is going to match what Leo has done”

“It has always been my dream to be able to succeed and continue growing at Barça.” Ansu Fati proclaimed with these words his love for the Barça club in the event organized this Thursday to explain the reasons for its renewal until 2027. The young pearl culé, barely 18 years old, will have a termination clause of 1,000 million euros, a prohibitive figure for the European giants and a sign of the player’s commitment to the entity chaired by Joan Laporta.

Barcelona will have Ansu Fati for a while. The young winger put an end to the soap opera about his future at the Camp Nou by signing a contract extension until 2027 and making it clear that at no time did he have any doubts about its continuity. «From the first day I told Jorge (Mendes) that my first option was to stay. It may be that I had offers but it was always clear to me that I wanted to grow and succeed here, “he said.

Ansu Fati signed the contract extension after having become in recent months the great illusion of Barcelona. The departures of Antoine Griezmann and, above all, of Leo Messi, from whom he has inherited the number ’10’, have placed the young winger as the great culé stronghold for the future, a pressure that he does not seem to feel. «I am very calm. Everyone transmits that tranquility to me and I feel very loved, it is what I value the most. The ’10’ could have been worn by another player, but luckily, it was my turn. I am grateful to the captains for offering it to me. I’m at Barça and you have to be prepared. It is not pressure, it is motivation. Nobody is going to match what Leo has done, “he concluded.

Until reaching this renewal, Ansu Fati has left behind an ordeal in the form of injury. On November 6 of last year he suffered a tear of the internal meniscus in his left knee against Betis. Three operations and 290 days later, he returned to training, began to feel like a footballer and lost his fear of a possible relapse. “I never had the doubt that I was going to play again. A few years ago, unluckily, something similar also happened. He knew that sooner or later he was going to play again. The knee is something I have forgotten. I am very calm and happy because I have no discomfort, “he said.

Ansu Fati renews with Barça until 2027

In the last matches Ansu Fati has made a set-up to reach the classic with maximum guarantees. He played 60 minutes against Valencia, 45 against Dinamo Kiev and it is expected that his best version is already ready to face the eternal rival, a duel that the new ’10’ of Barça awaits with emotion. «Playing a classic is always a motivation, Real Madrid is our great rival and you always have to be prepared for these games. We will go out to compete as always. In a classic there are no favorites, but we play at home, which is a factor in favor, “he said.

Laporta, satisfied

Laporta was satisfied after the extension of the contract until 2027 of Ansu Fati, one of the pillars of the future and a player who had begun to be in the sights of several giants of European football. “There was no special rush but if we already had the agreement it was good to announce it as soon as possible because it has been desired by several important clubs,” he said.

The maximum culé president assured that “at no time” did he see the renewal in danger because “he knew that he wanted to stay at Barcelona and that both the representative and the family knew it was the best place to be”, while saying he had “many hopes placed on him “because” he has a gift and every time he shoots he scores. ”

The president of Barça did not miss the opportunity to talk about the duel that will measure his squad this Sunday with Real Madrid. «I have good feelings, I see that the team has been improving. We have recovered injured footballers like Ansu who had been inactive for a long time and Kun is also there. There are players who have been improving, we play at home and we will have the support of the public, “he concluded.




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