Three-time Champions League winner Samuel Eto’o believes Ansu Fati has the qualities to take over from Lionel Messi if the Argentine decides to leave anytime soon.
The six-time Ballon d’Or award winner has less than six months on his current deal with Barcelona and it is left to be seen if he will sign an extension with the Catalans.
He has been linked with a move to Manchester City and Inter Milan, but recently, Paris Saint Germain want to reunite him with Neymar.
This is still very much possible as the Brazilian winger has hinted he would like to play along with his former teammate in France.
However, the Cameroonian legend has allayed any form of fear surrounding the potential departure of the 33-year-old, insisting that Fati is ready to step into his shoes if he leaves.
Eto’o won two Champions League titles along with Messi but has previously claimed Barcelona would need to change their name if the forward leaves. The 39-year-old appears to have
changed his mind on the statement after the 18-year-old breaks into the scene last campaign as reported by The Mirror.
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Fati has already scored 13 goals and five assists in 43 appearances across competitions for the Catalans but has been out for the past weeks owing to injury. Eto’o told SPORTbible.
“I think [Fati] is the one for the future. He’s currently doing amazing stuff so I think the club really needs to groom him and take very good care of him. Let’s hope he’s the one to take over from Messi.”
Fati began the current season in fantastic form with five goals and four assists in 10 games, but he suffered a major knee injury in November and remains sidelined for a number of weeks.
🗣️"I think Ansu Fati is the one for the future. He's currently doing amazing stuff so I think the club really needs to groom him and take very good care of him. Let's hope he's the one to take over from Messi."
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he Spaniard youngster was initially ruled out for up to four months after a meniscus tear in his left knee. But he is now expected back in the team in mid-February ahead of their Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain.