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Sport Ansu Fati signs new long-term deal at Barcelona until 2024

20:06  23 september  2020
20:06  23 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Ansu Fati has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Barcelona and has been handed the no.22 shirt.

The 17-year-old sensation enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at the Catalan giants last season, scoring eight goals and recording an assist for his side from his 33 appearances in 2019/20.

Now Fati -  who broke a 95-year national record earlier this month to become Spain's youngest ever goalscorer - has signed a new contract until 2024 which includes a mammoth £367million (€400m) release clause.

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a man standing in front of a building: Teenage sensation Ansu Fati has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Barcelona © Provided by Daily Mail Teenage sensation Ansu Fati has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Barcelona a man holding a football ball: Fati scored eight goals and recorded an assist for his side from his 33 appearances in 2019/20 © Provided by Daily Mail Fati scored eight goals and recorded an assist for his side from his 33 appearances in 2019/20

Fati's original deal at the LaLiga outfit was due to expire in two years time but the club have tied him down to fresh terms and increased his original £211m release clause by £156m.

The club have also officially unveiled their former no.31 as a member of their senior squad ahead of his 18th birthday next month on October 31.

That could lead to further opportunities for Fati - who had been linked with a sensational move to Manchester United earlier this year - to make up the Barcelona attack alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

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The winger became the second-youngest player in the club's history to be handed his full debut during a 5-2 win against Real Betis in August last year aged 16 years and 298 days.

a football player on a field: The 17-year-old sensation's new deal reportedly includes a £367million release clause © Provided by Daily Mail The 17-year-old sensation's new deal reportedly includes a £367million release clause a man standing in front of a crowd: Fati's deal will take him until 2024 and could see regular minutes with Lionel Messi this season © Provided by Daily Mail Fati's deal will take him until 2024 and could see regular minutes with Lionel Messi this season

A week later, Fati wrote himself into the club's history books again after becoming their youngest goalscorer of all-time in a 2-2 draw with Osasuna.

This summer, he made his mark on the international stage, earning his first two caps for his country under Luis Enrique in their stalemate with Germany and defeat of Ukraine, in which he broke Juan Errazquin as the youngest player to score for the national team in 95 years.

Barcelona kick off their LaLiga opener against Villarreal, and earlier this month the 17-year-old said he would do his all to impress new boss Ronald Koeman after he replaced Quique Setien.

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a person playing a game of football: Fatri earned his first two caps for Spain under Luis Enrique against Germany and Ukraine © Provided by Daily Mail Fatri earned his first two caps for Spain under Luis Enrique against Germany and Ukraine a football player on a field: And against Ukraine he broke a 95-year national record by becoming Spain's youngest scorer © Provided by Daily Mail And against Ukraine he broke a 95-year national record by becoming Spain's youngest scorer

'I will continue working and the coach is the one who decides,' Fati said when asked if he can play more at Barca this season.

'I will train hard, if I have the opportunity I will try to take advantage of it.'

Koeman could look to make Fati one of the cornerstones of this new Barcelona side, with Arthur, Nelson Semedo, Carles Perez, Marc Cucurella, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal all having departed this summer, while Luis Suarez is on the verge of signing for Atletico Madrid.

The Uruguayan striker was seen leaving the club's training ground in tears on Wednesday ahead of his £3.7m move to Barcelona's LaLiga rivals.

Fati said earlier this month he will fight with everything he has to play under Ronald Koeman © Provided by Daily Mail Fati said earlier this month he will fight with everything he has to play under Ronald Koeman Read more

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