With FC Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati having been overlooked for Spain's U17 FIFA World Cup squad, the nation's football federation has now explained its decision to exclude the African starlet.
On Wednesday, Spain confirmed their squad for the upcoming U17 FIFA World Cup, and a notable exclusion was Barca starlet Fati.
The Guinea-Bissau-born forward was recently nationalised by the Spanish federation in a bid to secure his international allegiance, but a decision was made to not include him in the U17 World Cup squad.
"The decision we have taken, in this case made by the sports management, is for the player not to come to the U17 World Cup," Spain's youth director Francisco Hernandez said, as per ESPN.
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"We believe that the aim of the federation, when beginning the process to nationalise Ansu, was that – at some point – he could be available for the national team and not for a given national team squad.
"Having made a general sporting analysis, we consider that the best thing is for the lad to stay and to have an option in the upcoming November call-ups to take part in a higher category. For that to happen, he can't go to the World Cup.
"Our aim is for Ansu to be available for selection and that one day he can make his debut with the senior team, to be a part and have a starring role in the senior team."
Fati, who turns 17 later this month, has already scored twice in six senior appearances for the Blaugrana, and is the club's youngest-ever goalscorer.
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