The news is massive for the Catalan club, who are at a low ebb at the moment in both a sporting and a financial sense. Retaining Fati for the long-term shortly after doing the same with Pedri is real cause for optimism amongst supporters.
Fati inherited Lionel Messi’s number ten shirt when the Argentine left for Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the summer, and is hailed as one of the most exciting players in the European game.
Still just 18, the Spanish international has a market value of €60m according to Transfermarkt and has contributed directly to three goals – two he scored himself, one he assisted – in the three games he’s played in La Liga so far this season.
Fati has only just returned from injury after close to a year out and several operations. To go with his incredible talent, he’s also displayed mental fortitude. The sky’s the limit for him.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2021
“I’m very happy, especially to continue with the club I love so much,” Fati said after putting pen to paper as carried by Diario Sport. “Being here is what I’ve worked for all these years and, thank God, the club has given me the opportunity to continue.
“Now, I have to keep working and restore confidence on the field. The goal, as always, is to continue improving day by day both as a player and as a person, and compete to win everything.”