Barcelona’s teenage forward Ansu Fati has been granted Spanish citizenship paving the way for him to play for them in next month’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
The 16-year-old is also eligible to play for Guinea-Bissau, where he was born and reportedly for Portugal.
Fati’s application for Spanish citizenship was processed by the country’s Interior Ministry after he completed the required 10 years of residency.
It was gathered that Spain rushed through the paperwork to nationalise Fati so that he could play in the U17 World Cup next month.
The Barcelona teenager will now be included in Spain’s squad for the U17 World Cup, ahead of next week’s deadline.
Even if he plays for Spain at under-17 level, FIFA’s statutes mean that Fati could still swap allegiances at senior level.