Barcelona Youngster Agrees To Extend His Contract This Summer: Good Move For Both Parties?

Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati agrees to extend his contract (Fati is in action in the photo)
Barcelona's Guinea-Bissau forward Ansu Fati (L) vies with Osasuna's Spanish defender Raul Navas during the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on July 16, 2020. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Mundo Deportivo has recently reported that Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati has agreed to extend his contract at the Nou Camp this summer which would see him improve his wages as well. More importantly, the new deal will also increase the Spanish winger’s release clause from €170m to €400m (via Mundo Deportivo).

Fati’s Spectacular Rise In Spanish Football

The 17-year-old encountered an impressive campaign at Catalonia and was responsible for putting in several performances that caught the eye on the left side of the Barca frontline. He has done remarkably well to come through Barcelona’s youth system before establishing himself as a valuable squad player at the Nou Camp. The promising youngster ended the previous campaign with eight goals and one assist to his name in 33 appearances in multiple competitions.

The Bissau-born speedster managed to discover a run of consistency over the past year after averaging 1.4 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in La Liga last season. He also took care of the ball relatively well when interchanging possession with his teammates in the final third as evident from his pass success rate of 85.7% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Fati has also made an excellent start to his international career as he scored one goal in two matches for Spain so far. The Barca whizkid has the potential to become a generational talent if he can continue making progress at such a high rate for both his club and country in the years to come.

Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati agrees to extend his contract (Fati is seen in the picture)
Barcelona´s Guinea-Bissau forward Ansu Fati controls the ball during the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Real Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 25, 2019. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

What Are The Talented Prospect’s Best Attributes?

Fati is blessed with loads of pace, which helps him complete some dangerous dribbles down the left flank. He is even versatile enough to feature as a right-sided winger or operate down the middle as a centre-forward if needed. The Spaniard loves to isolate his marker out on the wide areas so that he can beat them with pace in a 1v1 footrace. He is proficient at getting to the byline and has netted his fair share of goals from the left-wing during the 2019-20 La Liga campaign.

Fati Agree To Extend His Barca Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

Fati’s €400m release clause in his new contract would ease Barca’s concerns in the long-run as it would make him an unattainable option for any top-flight side in Europe. He has already shown a lot of promise in the Spanish top tier thus far but is still relatively new to football at the highest level.

Barcelona’s new manager Ronald Koeman might fancy his chances of getting the best out of Fati in the coming seasons. Hence, the Spanish speedster’s decision to pen a contract extension at the Nou Camp seems like a deal that will benefit both the player and the club. The Catalan giants could potentially nurture Fati into the next face of the club. At the same time, the La Liga wing wizard can concentrate on improving himself every year with his long-term future sorted in Spain.

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