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Josep Maria Bartomeu wants Ansu Fati at Barcelona "for life"

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed he wants to keep Ansu Fati at the club 'for life', despite speculation linking the winger with a move away from the Nou Camp.

The 17-year-old academy product scored eight goals in 32 appearances during his breakthrough season, winning admirers in the Premier League.

Fati was reortedly the subject of an £88million bid this term, but Bartomeu insists he has not been involved in formal negotiations with any other club, and he plans to offer the player a new contract.

Speaking to Sport, Bartomeu said: "There have been no formal offers but there has been interest from some clubs. Barcelona's answer has been: "No."

"He's essential for the future of the club. Ansu is not for sale. He represents the academy the players come out of, learn from and consolidate themselves in the first team.

"He's unique because he jumped from the youth team to the first team. There are not many players like him and Barcelona cannot sell him, even if it would be an economic solution for the club in the times of this pandemic.

"At no time have we considered selling him. On the contrary: what we have to do is help him in his growth and get him to sign a new contract in the future, so that he plays here for life.

"He signed the contract as a Barcelona B player. Now the plan is to transfer him to the first team. He's going to the first team because he's earned it.

"He's only 17, let's not put pressure on him. Now he has to play and train with the best. Let him get into the team. The role that awaits him will be decided by him when appropriate. It is still early."

Fati is under contract at Camp Nou until the end of the 2021-22 season.