Valdes offers strong advice to his former mentee Fati
- The 'Juvenil A' manager's not surprised at the 16-year-old's debut for the senior team.
- The former Blaugrana goalkeeper stresses the kid's strong, quick & self-confident.
- The Spaniard urges the attacker to keep working hard & to always remember where he comes from.
Victor Valdes, who managed Ansu Fati at the Blaugrana's 'Juvenil A team', has shared thoughts on his former disciple, quoted by MARCA:
"His performance didn't surprise me. He's strong, quick and self-confident. You have to give this kind of talent freedom so that he flows.
"He shouldn't forget where he comes from. He should keep working hard. He was lucky enough to reach his goal like others have done.
"Whether he touches glory or not, it's another story. He has the soul of an elite player and he's a predator in the box."
On Sunday, Barcelona beat Real Betis 5-2 thanks to a brace from Antoine Griezmann and goals from Carles Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal. Another huge positive was the fact that Fati made his first senior team appearance.
The Bissau-Guinean, who took the pitch as a late substitute, became the second-youngest player (16 years and 298 days) to debut for the Catalans after Vicenc Martinez (16 years and 280 days) back in October 1941. The kid's appearance received a standing ovation from the home crowd.