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Ansu Fati is a ‘special talent,’ says Spain Under-21 boss Luis de la Fuente

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The youngster possesses a rare talent

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Spain Under-21 boss Luis de la Fuente has been talking about Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati and says the teenager possesses a “special talent.”

Fati has enjoyed a stellar rise this season that has seen him feature for the first team and become the club’s youngest ever La Liga goalscorer.

His performances saw him called into the Spain Under-21 squad in October, and De La Fuente says he has no hesitation in bringing him on to the international scene.

“He’s naturally talented and in time we’ll see his true value. He’s a special talent who can step up when the opportunity presents itself,” he said.

“After he received his documentation and a teammate was ruled out by injury, we didn’t have any doubts about calling him up.

“We know how talented he is and it isn’t common for players of his age to have the footballing quality he possesses.”

Source | Sport

Ansu has been back on the bench in recent weeks since Luis Suarez, LIonel Messi and Ousmane Dembele have returned to fitness, but he did start Tuesday’s win over Real Valladolid and will be hoping to remain with the first team.

De La Fuente also spoke about Ansu and his fellow youngsters needing to play “play as many matches as possible throughout the year” either with the first team or by dropping down to the youth team.