Barcelona president sends message to Manchester United over transfer target

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has sent a message to Manchester United over the future of sensational youngster Ansu Fati, and insists the teenage wonderkid will stay at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career.

“We haven’t had any formal offers but there has been interest from some clubs,” Bartomeu told SPORT.

“Barça’s answer has always been ‘no’.

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“Ansu isn’t for sale and is indispensable for the future of the club.

“He represents La Masia as someone who comes through the academy, learns and consolidates his place in the first team.

“He made the jump from the Juvenil side to the first team and there aren’t many players like him.

“Barça can’t sell Ansu, even if it might feel like an option to balance the books during a pandemic.

“We never considered letting him go. The opposite, in fact, what we want is to aid his development and extend his time here so that he plays at Barça for the rest of his life.

“He signed a contract as a Barça B player and now the plan is to promote him to the first team. That contract he signed in December had this in mind. He’ll join the first team because he’s won his place there.

“Alongside Riqui (Puig) and (Ronald) Araujo, it shows la Masia is capable of producing young players who can be good enough for the first team. These players prove that La Masia, even if people say it doesn’t work, continues to produce footballers.

“You can’t always do that with every generation but we now have three players who are here (in the first team) to stay.”