Rumours that Anssumane Fati is close to accepting a new contract with Barcelona are true, according to coach Ronald Koeman. From Barcelona’s Camp Nou, amidst other football transfer news, Koeman confirms Ansu Fati among other things he discussed recently.
After losing Lionel Messi in pre-season, the Catalans are thought to have been focused on giving out big agreements to their most promising players, with a rebuild well underway.
Such a condition proved to be no impediment to guaranteeing Pedri’s future, and the news stories were immediately debunked.
But, in recent days, media conjecture stated that their aspirations of renewing Ansu Fati’s contract had encountered a stumbling block. The problem was that his agent Jorge Mendes reportedly refused to include a €1 billion release clause in his contract.
Meanwhile, with Koeman easing Fati back, the latter has already scored twice in just 94 La Liga minutes this season.
Further, Fati looks likely to lead Barca for at least the next five years, wearing Messi’s former number 10 shirt.
And now, it is likelier that he will, as his coach has all but officially guaranteed his stay.
Football Transfer News – Koeman Confirms Ansu Fati Among Other Things
Barcelona’s head coach Ronald Koeman has stated that Ansu Fati is close to signing a new long-term contract.
Mundo Deportivo have reported on Tuesday that Barcelona have reached a contract “in principle” with both Fati and Mendes’ agreement.
“It’s true that they are close [to an agreement],” Koeman told reporters before Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev.
“It’s very important news. He’s a young player with a lot of quality. He’s one of those who should shape the future of this club.”
Speaking of the upcoming Champions League match, Koeman has also talked to the press ahead of the 3rd round game.
Barcelona will be up against Dynamo Kyiv at the Camp Nou stadium on Wednesday.
“The big teams have improved a lot while Barça definitely haven’t. There’ve been lot of changes in the club lately,” the Dutchman said, as per Marca, in football today.
“There are teams today that have a balanced squad, a bench of 23 internationals and they have a much better economic situation. All this has an impact on the team results.
“It is not fair to demand reaching the quarter-finals, semis or winning the Champions League from us.”
“What you can demand from us is to win tomorrow’s game, I don’t care about the rest,” he concluded.
To recap, the Catalan club failed to win in two straight Champions League fixtures placing last in the Group E.