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Manchester United, Liverpool and PSG all reportedly offered Ansu Fati mammoth offers to try and lure him away from Barcelona, but the wonderkid opted to remain with the Catalan giants. The 18-year-old recently penned a new six-year deal which contains a staggering release clause of €1billion (£846million) to help deter any future interest in the player.
Fati has followed in a similar vein to fellow wonderkid Pedri, who also signed a new contract with the club last week which contained a €1bn release clause.
According to Spanish outlet Cope, all three clubs offered double what Barcelona were willing to pay to keep the 18-year-old at the Camp Nou.
And the Barcelona has confirmed himself that he received offers to join other clubs abroad, including in the Premier League.
“Yes, I’ve had offers from abroad, but my dream was to be here,” Fati said.
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“From the first day I told Jorge Mendes that my first option was always to stay at Barca.
“He understood it perfectly and I am very happy that the club has trusted me.”
The Sun say United had a bid worth £130m rejected for Fati during the previous summer transfer window.
Fati joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2012 and progressed through the ranks at La Masia before making his debut at just 16 years and 298 days.
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The 18-year-old has scored 15 goals for Barcelona so far and is the second youngest player to make his debut in the club’s history.
Since making his debut, Fati has achieved several accolades including becoming Barcelona’s youngest-ever LaLiga goalscorer, the youngest player to score and assist in a La Liga match as well as the club’s youngest player in the Champions League.
Fati faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee in November but has provided two goals in five appearances so far this season.
The forward also currently has four caps and one goal for Spain since making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Germany in September of last year.
Fati was rested for the first half in the 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday as he continues to return to full fitness.
The forward came on at half-time and will no doubt play a part in Sunday’s El Clasico contest against Real Madrid.
Barcelona are currently seventh in LaLiga with 15 points from their first eight games, two behind Real Madrid in second and five behind league leaders Real Sociedad.
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