Ansu Fati: Barcelona forward granted Spanish citizenship

Barcelona's teenage forward Ansu Fati has been granted Spanish citizenship paving the way for him to play for them at international level.

The 16-year-old is also eligible to play for Guinea-Bissau, where he was born and reportedly for Portugal through his grandparents.

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Fati's application for Spanish citizenship was processed by the country's Interior Ministry after he completed the required 10 years of residency according to a report from BBC FOOTBALL.

It means that he could be included in Spain's squad for the Under-17 World Cup, ahead of next week's deadline.

Even if he plays for Spain at under-17 level Fifa's statutes mean that Fati could still swap allegiances at senior level.

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On Tuesday he became Barcelona's youngest-ever Champions League debutant as he after started the 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund.

He has already scored two goals this season in his three La Liga appearances.


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