Arsenal, Everton and West Ham suffer blow in race for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti ‘as French defender insists he has no interest in leaving the Nou Camp this summer’
- Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti says that he will not leave the Nou Camp this summer
- The 26-year-old French defender has played second fiddle in Barcelona recently
- But the 26-year-old says that he wants to stay and fight for his place in the team
- As it stands, Umtiti will see his Barcelona contract out until the summer of 2023
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has revealed he plans to stay at the Nou Camp this summer and fight for his place in the team, according to reports.
The Frenchman – who had been linked to Arsenal, Everton and West Ham – has announced his plans to stay at the club until 2023 to see his contract out.
Umtiti has played second fiddle at the Nou Camp due to recurring knee problems but believes he can force his way back into the starting XI, report Diario Sport.
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti wants to fight for his defensive spot at the Nou Camp
The Cameroon-born defender will also have to compete with Ronald Araujo for a place in the team as the 21-year-old has recently been promoted to the first team.
However, the LaLiga side, who want to reduce their wage bill ahead of next season, are keen to send the 26-year-old out on loan with potential suitors having the option to buy at the end of the campaign.
Arsenal, West Ham and Everton all interested in taking on injury-prone Umtiti, while Manchester United and Chelsea have previously been linked with the centre back.
Umtiti has played second fiddle to Gerard Pique at the Nou Camp due to recurring knee issues
Umtiti will also have to compete with 21-year-old Ronald Araujo for a place in the squad
Barca have reportedly put almost half of their squad up for sale with ‘offers invited’ on 12 players including Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.
Umtiti is one of the 12 players on the list, compiled by Marca, along with Ivan Rakitic, Neto, Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo, Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Carles Alena, Rafinha Alcantara and Jean-Clair Todibo.
Since signing for Barcelona from Lyon in 2016, Umtiti has played 116 times for the Spanish giants – winning two LaLiga titles and two Copa del Rey’s.
The news comes as a blow to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta who was interested in signing him
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