Ansu Fati Signs New Five-And-A-Half Year Contract At Barcelona

Ansu Fati has signed a long term contract with Barcelona.

The club has confirmed that the 18-year-old has signed a new five-and-a-half year contract which includes a €1 billion (£846m/$1.16bn) release clause.

Ansu, who inherited club icon Lionel Messi’s number 10 jersey, will remain at Camp Nou through to 2027.

The youngster has played 47 matches for Barcelona, scoring an impressive 15 goals.

On comparison with Messi and pressure coming with inheriting his number 10 jersey, he said he sees it as an “extra motivation” for him.

According to him, he doesn’t feel much pressure donning the shirt because it is impossible to replace a legend like Messi.

“It’s true that the No. 10 jersey has been worn by Leo [Messi] and many players but I’m calm,” Fati, 18, said in Thursday’s news conference. “I know what I can bring to this team.

“For me it’s not a pressure. No one is going to be like Leo, no one is going to be like [former captains Carles] Puyol or Xavi [Hernandez]. No one is going to equal what Leo has done. I’m going to follow my own journey. I still haven’t done anything. I hope I can have a career like they have had.

“Any player could have worn the No. 10. I’m grateful that the captains offered me the number and luckily, I got it. It’s an extra motivation for me. I don’t look at the number but focus on what I can do on the pitch to help the team,” he added.

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