Luis Enrique explains his reason for calling Fati into the national team.
The Barcelona teenager has struggled with injuries in the 2021/22 season and hardly played any club football.
He had a disappointing campaign last year but was surprisingly called up for the national squad in the UEFA Nations League.
“I think I’m going to refer to my reply when we called him up after not playing as a starter for his club,” Enrique said.
“I said that we wanted to motivate him and include him in the dynamic, see what he can do with and without the ball.
“I wanted to see him in training with the national team and see his level. After seeing him, I am pleasantly optimistic. The injury is recovered but so far I haven’t seen him at the level I want.
“He could play, be a substitute, come out in the second half, depending on the needs of the team. That is already positive. I have seen him better in terms of confidence. He is a recovered player and we have treated him as such.
“I have no doubt that he will return to his level. He is a unique player. You don’t have to be in a hurry with the youngsters. Ansu is coming off a very difficult year.”