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Barcelona chief Bartomeu confirms interest in Man Utd target Fati

Barcelona chief Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed there has been interest in Ansu Fati, but reiterated the club would not sell the teenager.

Manchester United have been linked with the Barca academy graduate, who burst onto the scene at Camp Nou this season.

But Bartomeu insists the Catalan giants want to keep the 17-year-old for his entire career.

"There have been no formal offers but there has been interest from some clubs," he confirmed to Sport. "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."

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