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Ansu Fati’s father dreams of youngster in Portugal shirt

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The 16-year old Barcelona’s wonderkid is making strides this season.

After making a debut and scoring in it, Fati didn’t stop there.

Instead, he started the following match in front of around 80.000 people at Camp Nou where he scored the opener and assisted the second goal.

Ansu’s talent and bravery on the pitch look like they’re only matched by his love for Barcelona off of it.

Ansu said that he fulfilled his dream by making a Barcelona debut, with his father saying that “he can now die happy after seeing his son play for Barca.”

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 14: Substitute Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona replaces Anssumane Fati during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on September 14, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

However, things aren’t as simple on the national level.

Ansu Fati arrived in Spain at only six years old from Guinea-Bissau. After his incredible performances, the Spanish federation rushed the process for Fati to get the Spanish passport, as he’s spent 10 years in the country.

Ansu Fati looks primed to play for Spain, even if his father disagrees in his interview with A Bola:

“My dream was to see my son playing for Portugal and I think that was also his dream, but now it is difficult.

“Some time ago, I spoke with a director from the Portuguese Football Federation. The conversation was positive and we agreed to talk the following day but that person hasn’t called me back.

“Then, with these matches that he played, the pressure from Spain grew very strong and I’ve been contacted directly by the president of the Spanish Federation.”

Ansu’s father made it clear that both he and his son feel Portuguese, but he respects his son’s autonomy:

“He feels Portuguese and so do I. And it would be easy for him to play for Portugal, it would be enough for Umaro Embalo, the Benfica player, to convince him.

“He is a great friend, and speaks every day with Ansu.

“Everything is in the hands of Ansu, he will take a decision now.”

This development will be interesting to follow, as Portugal will surely do everything they can to get the youngster to play for them.