December 4, 2019 / 7:58 PM / 3 days ago

Barca reward teenage forward Fati with new contract

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Villarreal - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - September 24, 2019 Barcelona's Ansu Fati in action with Villarreal's Ruben Pena REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have handed their youngest ever league goalscorer Ansu Fati a new contract until 2022 and raised his buy-out clause to 170 million euros ($187 million), the Spanish champions said in a statement on Wednesday.

Fati was catapulted into the first team in August due to a spate of injuries and entered the history books by scoring in a 2-2 draw with Osasuna aged 16 and 304 days, overtaking Bojan Krkic as Barca’s youngest scorer in a La Liga match.

Fati, who turned 17 on Oct. 31, has made a total of 11 appearances for the first team this season, starting four times and scoring twice.

Barca’s statement added that the player’s new contract contained an option to renew for two extra years until 2024, also stating his buy-out clause would rise from 170 million euros to 400 million when he signed a first team contract.

($1 = 0.9073 euros)

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis

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