Ansu Fati is widely recognised as one of the most talented young footballers in Spain. A product of Barcelona’s La Masia youth academy, the young forward has been at the Catalan club for over ten years now.
Since breaking into the first-team setup at Camp Nou, he has accumulated 78 appearances, scoring 22 goals and setting up nine more.
However, things could have turned out very different for the 20-year-old forward as he could have very well been stepping out onto the pitch in the whites of Real Madrid.
Indeed, in a recent interview, Ansu Fati has sensationally revealed that he had a trial with Real Madrid and could have joined the academy earlier in his youth career. However, the lack of residence facilities at La Fabrica made him and his father choose a move to Barcelona instead.
Speaking to France Football (h/t BeFootball), Fati said: “Before I signed for Barça, I had a trial at Real Madrid. At that time, the club didn’t have a residence to accommodate its young players. So, with my father, we decided that Barça was the best option, with La Masia.”
Fati was at Sevilla’s youth academy before he made the switch to Barcelona in 2012. So, the aforementioned trial might have happened just before that. Past reports have suggested that the 20-year-old Spanish international even played in a few matches for Los Blancos’ youth teams.
However, the stars just did not align for Fati and Real Madrid to join hands and instead, he ended up moving to Barcelona, where he has flourished.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.