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Barcelona youngsters Trincao, Fati are not for sale

Ansu Fati, Trincao
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Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has made it clear that the club do not intend to sell the likes of Ansu Fati, Francisco Trincao and other youngsters.

Barcelona take a strong pride in developing youngsters from their La Masia academy or transforming acquired prodigies into world-class names.

Ansu Fati falls into the first category and his performances have been a glitter of hope as a future without Lionel Messi could well be on the cards.

Last month, a controversial report emerged that Manchester United could offer as much as £100m for Barca to sell their prized asset. Barcelona were quick to rubbish all reports and insisted the youngster is not for sale.

Just yesterday, another report from the Mirror linked Leicester City with a £45m bid for Francisco Trincao. The 20-year-old forward only joined Barcelona from Braga in January but is rated highly by the club.

Speaking in an interview today, Bartomeu spoke about the club’s long term projects and clearly stated that Fati, Trincao and other youngsters are categorically not for sale.

“Francisco Trincao is not for sale,” Bartomeu told BeIN Sports.

“Neither are Pedri, Ansu Fati, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Riqui Puig, or Ronald Araujo.

“Those young players are not for sale.

“We are creating a new generation for the future.”

Bartomeu went on to reiterate his confidence in the Barcelona coach Quique Setien who has been at the receiving end of criticism lately.

“Setien has a contract until next season and the next campaign will be different,” Bartomeu added.

“Young players like Riqui, Fati and Araujo will be promoted permanently from Barcelona B.

“Other youngsters such as Trincao, Pedri will come along with Miralem Pjanic.

“Setien is the person on whom we place our trust.”