Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati set to be granted Spanish passport as he gets fast-tracked to play in U17 World Cup and snubs country of birth Guinea-Bissau
- Ansu Fati is close to receiving a Spanish passport ahead of the U17 World Cup
- The Barca wonderkid was born in Guinea-Bissau but has opted to play for Spain
- Spanish officials want to fast-track the process so Fati can be listed in U17 squad
According to AS, Spanish football officials are said to have fast-tracked the process of integrating the highly-regarded youngster into the national set up after impressing at Barcelona.
If all goes to plan, the 16-year-old will receive a passport in time to be listed in Spain’s under-17 squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Ansu Fati is set to be granted a Spanish passport ahead of the upcoming Under-17 World Cup
Fati was born in Guinea-Bissau but feels a stronger affiliation to Spain, where he has lived since moving to Herrera, a small town in southern Spain when he was six years old.
The youngster was picked up by Sevilla shortly after moving to Spain, but he soon caught the eye of some of the country’s biggest clubs.
Real Madrid had tabled the biggest offer for the young talent, but Fati and his family were more impressed by the efforts made by Barcelona to bring him to their highly successful academy.
The 16-year-old is the talk of the footballing world after enjoying a great start to the season
The 16-year-old has made his mark on football’s big stage this season, scoring one and assisting another in Barcelona’s 5-2 rout of Valencia.
He also became the youngest player in Barca history to play in the Champions League when he started in their opening game draw against Dortmund.