Ansu Fati, was one of the biggest revelations this season.
According to Fc Barcelona , the 17-year-old saw his contract improve and the clause increased from 100 million euros to 170 million euros.
The contract was signed this Tuesday in the FC Barcelona offices in the presence of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the director responsible for professional youth football, Silvio Elías, and CEO of FC Barcelona Òscar Grau. They were also joined by technical secretary Éric Abidal, his assistant Ramon Planes and the technical secretary of Barça B, José Mari Bakero.
In addition, as soon as the young Guinean international turns 18 and signs a professional contract as a first-team player, he will have a € 400 million clause.
Ansu arrived at Barça in 2012, when he was 10 years old. Barça signed him with his brother Braima, both from the quarry in Seville.
Born in October 2002 in Guinea-Bissau, when he was six years old he arrived with his family in the Sierra Sur of Seville. He lived in Herrera, a population of about six thousand inhabitants located one hour from the Andalusian capital.
While his father, who had been a footballer in Guinea-Bissau , worked at the municipal dump, at the Renfe or even as chauffeur the mayor of Marinaleda, the popular Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, Ansu played football at the Peloteros de Herrera School.
There they made his first record as a footballer, in December 2009, shortly after arriving in Spain. They were champions of their group in the prebenjamin and runners-up category of the Sierra Sur, in addition to winning trophies such as Casariche or Plazuela. He stayed three seasons at the Peloteros School. Jesus Martín, who signed for Madrid, also left Jama Gómez and Adrián Verde, who went to Atlético.
Ansu’s quality did not go unnoticed and Sevilla incorporated him into his quarry. But only a year later they landed in La Masia. Albert Puig was the key figure to convince him that the Barça was the ideal for his formation. They rejected a superior economic offer from Real Madrid and other proposals from Seville itself, Betis or Zaragoza, among others. Sevilla left him without playing after knowing that they would leave for Camp Nou and not to stand up Ansu was playing with the Real Madrid sextampion club.
Already in Barça, Ansu began playing in Alevín A by Marc Serra. He always acted on top and although he was a year younger than his teammates, he soon became one of the team’s figures. He formed a lethal pair with Take Kubo, the Japanese who this summer has signed Real Madrid and will play on loan at Mallora. In that league, Ansu scored 56 goals and Take 73. Both shared generation with Arnau Tenas, promising youth goalkeeper, with central Eric Garcia, now at Manchester City or with Guillermo Amor’s son.
From the hand of the 2001 generation, although Ansu was born in 2002, Barça conquered the prestigious MIC tournament by defeating Guti’s Madrid in the final and also won the media fry tournament of the League, which was held that year in Pomegranate. Again Ansu and take were the stars of a team that beat Valencia in the final. The smallest of all was the pichichi of the tournament with seven goals, one of them in the final.
His progression was slowed several times. First for the sanction of FIFA, then for a bureaucratic issue, since he was not allowed to play with Juvenile B for being under fifteen and especially for a serious injury he suffered in a derby against Espanyol, a fractured tibia and Peroné had it many months without playing. But he always overcame the difficulties and in the Youth definitely exploded. Until then he played almost always as a center forward, but José Mari Bakero met with the family and told them they would try as left winger.
Nation team boss Robert Moreno admitted they were looking at getting Fati a Spanish passport to tie him down for the future. Ansu, has now a Spanish Passaport. He could also have applied for a Portuguese passport but chose to have a spanish one.
The club ensured its continuity until 2022, expandable to two more seasons.