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Angel Gomes' father speaks on links with Barcelona

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The father of Manchester United youngster Andre Gomes has commented on the recent rumours linking the starlet with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

The 16-year-old has been in flying form for United's academy side this season, becoming the youngest player to score a hat trick for the team in 15 years, and his form has naturally made some of the world's best teams sit up and take notice.

However, while most players and their reps/agents/parents would have their heads turned by such a proposition, the player's father has intimated that he only has eyes for United at this stage.

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Gomes' reputation is beginning to take a life of its own, especially given as he's the captain of the England under-17 side, and featured prominently in the side's recent 8-1 thrashing of Germany in October.

And though everything is going well at the moment, resulting in one of the world's most prestigious clubs sniffing around, Gomes' father has insisted that his son's primary concern is making it into the United first team before doing anything else.

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And speaking with Portuguese publication A Bola (via Manchester Evening News) he cleared up the rumours by pouring cold water on the speculation for the time being.

"The important thing is that Angel continues to have all this pleasure in playing football," Gil Gomes said.

"I don't deny that many clubs ask me about him, but that's what he always says...the next dream is to play for Manchester United's first team, a club where he has been growing."

High hopes for the boy

Gomes comes from a football background, with his father shining during the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Portugal Under-20s, and enjoyed stints in France, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States before heading for Manchester to feature for the likes of Hyde and Salford City.

And the junior has consistently made waves at the club since signing on as a 13-year-old.

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At age 14 he was moved forward several age groups to play for the under-18 side, and didn't look out of his depth despite his smaller stature.

Indeed the future seems bright for the young lad, who will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Marcus Rashford, who made his way into the first team while still a teenager.

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