Things are not being easy for Xavi Hernandez. He came to the bench FC Barcelona with the goal of straightening the team’s course in the season, but nothing is going as planned. Recently his pupils they were eliminated from the Spanish Super Cup at the hands of Real Madrid. And as if the problems in the Barça store weren’t enough, there is a player in the Catalan dressing room that he can’t even see. According to the Spanish newspaper El Nacional, it is nothing less than Samuel Umtiti, the French defender who recently has renewed contract until mid-2026 to allow the registration of the Valencian striker Ferran Torres.
The 28-year-old Cameroon-born centre-back simply doesn’t fit into Xavi’s plans despite the huge sacrifice he made for the club by taking 10% off his salary. That is why the egarense has not taken long to contact the president Joan Laporta to find an outlet for you in this market.
“Xavi Hernández doesn’t need him and that’s why he asks him to leave or be loaned out so he can have another central defender with more guarantees. Laporta convinces Umtiti to renew with a drop in salary, but there is also another extra condition: that he leave on loan.”, publishes the aforementioned medium in its digital version.
Even before prolonging the link with Barcelona, Umtiti refused to be sold or loaned in any way.. He rang loudly in Besiktas and in several mid-table Spanish teams, but no offer seduced him and to this day he continues with a first-team record.
Fortunately for his interests, Umtiti is still in the sights of other clubs, specifically Newcastle United. In the institution of the Premier League they want him on loan until the end of the season in order to save himself from relegation. Whether it’s in England or any other league, Xavi just wants to see him go.
Samuel Umtiti arrived at FC Barcelona in the summer of 2016 from Olympique Lyon and his progress at the club led him to make his debut and take over the starting position with France, until lifting the World Cup in Russia. However, he has not had continuity in recent seasons due to injuries.
In fact, this season he has only participated in one game: against Osasuna, in LaLiga. But the Frenchman has never given up, and after this contract, he confirms his illusion of being an important player in Xavi’s scheme again despite the great competition that exists in the back line with Piqué, Éric García, Lenglet and Mingueza .
According to the Transfermarkt portal, a site specializing in footballer appraisals, Samuel Umtiti is valued at two million euros. In his best moment at FC Barcelona, the Frenchman came to cost 70 ‘kilos’. Scandal devaluation.
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