Despite being under contract with Barcelona until 2027, Ansu Fati’s father is urging his son to depart from the club due to a shortage of opportunities to play
Ansu Fati, who has been with Barcelona for ten years and has made 38 appearances in all competitions this season, wants to continue with the club.
However, his father Bori Fati, who manages him alongside agent Jorge Mendes, has a different perspective.
Bori Fati is dissatisfied that Ansu has only started in 11 of those appearances, with the remaining 27 being substitute appearances. He believes his son deserves more playing time under Xavi’s leadership, which has upset him.
“If it was up to me, I would take him [to another team] but [Ansu] wants to stay at Barcelona,” Bori Fati told Spanish outlet Cope.
“He does not want to sign for another club, but I want to see him succeed. As a dad, I am angry.
“Seeing Ansu play so little winds you up a little bit, and sometimes I think as a father, not a coach.”
Despite his father’s desire for him to leave Barcelona, Ansu Fati has expressed his preference to stay with the club, where he feels comfortable and at home.
He is currently under a long-term contract with Barcelona, who are leading the La Liga table by 12 points, and has scored six goals so far this season.
Fati frustrated with lack of playing time
“I’m under contract with Barcelona until June 2027, and I hope to stay here for many more years,” he said in February.
“I feel grateful and lucky to play for Barca and I have to thank the people who support me daily for their backing.”
As a result of the circumstances, Bori Fati arranged a meeting with Mateu Alemany, Barcelona’s sporting director, and agent Mendes.
“What annoys me is how they’re treating him in terms of minutes. One minute, two, three“
Alemany provided reassurance about Ansu’s position within the club, but Bori is still skeptical that the situation will improve.
“I called Mateu,” said Bori. “He told us that Ansu is part of the club’s heritage, and they have bet big on him.
“As a dad, I think differently, maybe I am wrong. He is your franchise player, the number 10, he took [that number] on when no one was ready to take it from [Lionel] Messi.
“What annoys me is how they’re treating him in terms of minutes. One minute, two, three.
“I am not asking for him to be a starter, because all the forwards at the club are phenomenal, but we are talking about Ansu Fati, of Spain and Barcelona, who came through La Masia.”
The situation has escalated to the extent that Bori Fati no longer wishes to attend Camp Nou to watch his son play.
“If it carries on like this, I will go [back] to [the family home in] Seville and that’s that,” said Bori.
“I didn’t go to the game against [Real] Madrid. I won’t go to the stadium anymore.
“The other day Ansu asked me why I didn’t go, he thought I was there. I told him I didn’t fancy it.”