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García Pimienta ‘convinced’ Ansu Fati and Carles Perez will join him at Barcelona B

The coach does not expect the duo to stay with the first team

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Barcelona B coach Francisco Javier García Pimienta is not expecting Ansu Fati and Carles Perez to remain with the first team for the rest of the season.

The two youngsters have played key roles for Ernesto Valverde’s team in the early weeks of the campaign and filled in well when Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele were out injured.

Yet the trio’s return to fitness has seen Ansu and Perez out of the team in recent weeks, although the duo have continued to train with the first-team squad.

García Pimienta says he has not been told that the two players will step down from the first team but does believe they will be part of his Barcelona B squad before long.

“This week we have not talked about the case of Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez, because since the beginning of the season the two are with the first team on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

“It is true that they have not played for a long time, but nobody has told me that they will not go down, neither Carles, nor Ansu

“I am convinced that both will come with us sooner or later.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

Reports earlier in the season suggested Ansu would stay with the first team for the rest of the season. The 16-year-old has never actually played for Barca B, going straight from Juvenil A to the first team, but has not featured since the win over Villarreal in September.

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