Fati has endured an injury wrecked 16 months with persistent knee and hamstring problems for the Spanish international.
However, following a carefully monitored recovery programme after Xavi’s arrival, Fati made his first La Liga appearance since November with a late cameo in their 2-1 win over Mallorca.
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“I am very happy with him. He’s made an effort to be ready for the final stretch of the season”, as per reports from Marca.
“He makes a difference, he’s special, but we must take care of him.”
Fati’s return to full fitness could have a key impact on Barcelona’s summer transfer business with the 19-year-old offering a potential option as world class goal scorer.
If Fati can realise his potential, Xavi has an ideal candidate to spearhead his front line for a decade in Catalonia, and he is confident the teenager can recapture his old form.
“I’ve tested him out as a No.9, because I think he has to play in the penalty area.
“He’s a special player, who scores goals. They hit him accidentally and go in.
“I see him more as a No.9, than a winger. He doesn’t have the pace or physical ability back yet, but he’s happy.”
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