Bori Fati, the father of Barcelona and Spain star Ansu, has revealed that he wants his son to leave the Catalan club over a lack of playing time.
Fati, 20, broke into the Barca first team at a very young age, and following the departure of Lionel Messi, he was awarded the legendary No. 10 shirt.
However, he has also struggled with a number of injuries, and this season under Xavi Hernandez he has not been a first-choice player.
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It has led to some speculation about Fati’s future at Barcelona, with some reports suggesting that the club might look to cash in on him during the summer transfer window.
“If it was up to me, I would take him [to another team], but [Ansu] wants to stay at Barcelona,” he said on the radio.
He does not want to sign for another club, but I want to see him succeed.
“As a dad, I am angry. Seeing Ansu play so little winds you up a little bit, and sometimes I think as a father, not a coach.
“I called Mateu [Alemany, the Barcelona director of football], he told us that Ansu is part of the club’s heritage and they have bet big on him.
“As a dad, I think differently, maybe I am wrong. He is your franchise player, the No. 10, he took [that number] on when no one was ready to take it from [Lionel] Messi.
“What annoys me is how they’re treating him in terms of minutes. One minute, two, three… I am not asking for him to be a starter whatever because all the forwards at the club are phenomenal, but we are talking about Ansu Fati, of Spain and Barcelona, who came through La Masia… if you don’t give him [a chance], who will you?
“If it carries on like this, I will go [back] to [the family home in] Seville and that’s that. I didn’t go to the game against [Real] Madrid. I won’t go to the stadium anymore. The other day, Ansu asked me why I didn’t go, he thought I was there. I told him I didn’t fancy it.”
He added that Ansu is not depressed or upset with the situation.
“Ansu is perfectly fine,” he said. “How could he be depressed when he has so much family around and people to talk with? He comes home from training and is happy. When Ansu is happy, no one can stop him. You will see that.”
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