Barcelona teen Ansu Fati pens new long-term contract

Barcelona have confirmed their teenage star Ansu Fati has signed a new contract through until 2022 with an improved release clause.

The 17-year-old forward, who is the youngest player to score for Barcelona in La Liga, will remain with the Catalan giants through until June 2022 – renewing his previous deal by two years.

Fati's release clause has been increased from €100m to €170m and is set to rise to €400m when the teenager signs a pro contract as a full-time member of the club’s first team squad.

Fati – born in Guinea Bissau, who now has Spanish nationality and also qualifies to represent Portugal – scored and assisted on his first start for the Blaugrana in their 5-2 win over Valencia in September and his level of performance has generated a great level of excitement.

“For me, La Masia is the best school in the world. They helped me from the first day I arrived and I am extremely grateful to everyone who works there,” Fati told Barcelona's website.

“They are all spectacular. From the first day I have learned things from everyone. And they have also been there to support me through difficult times.

“Working every day with the best is a dream, and also a reward.

“From now onwards, what I have to do is keep working, even harder than ever, to keep getting chances and carry on enjoying myself. The rest will come after.”

Fati has also become a Spain Under-21 international in recent months after his nationality papers were processed.

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