Barcelona’s young footballer Ansu Fati is ready to represent Spain at an international level after obtaining his nationality.
The 16-year-old striker, who became the youngest player to make Barcelona’s Champions League debut after starting Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund, had the chance to play for his native Guinea-Bissau or Portugal, the press has said.
Fati, however, decided to play for Spain, where he moved at the age of six.
After completing the 10 years of residence required to obtain Spanish nationality, the player’s application was processed by the Council of Ministers before the deadline for registering the list of selected for the U-17 World Cup.
Spain’s senior national team coach Robert Moreno said last weekend that the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) was working to get the necessary papers.
“It’s a topic that I don’t wear,” Moreno said. “The people of the Federation are working on it to bring Ansu Fati and then it will be the player’s decision. The Federation works to have the best players,” he added.
In the past, Spain has convinced players with dual nationality to play for the country. Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian striker Diego Costa decided to represent Spain after receiving his nationality before the 2014 World Cup.
While playing for Spain at the U-17 level would not prevent Fati from representing another country at the absolute level, he could be called up with “La Roja” if he continues his meteoric rise in Barca.
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