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Frenchman admits to club not leaving Barcelona sooner was a mistake

Barcelona have engineered some very complicated departures this summer including that of Riqui Puig. Yet, the club have not found a solution to Samuel Umtiti’s situation.

With 15 days left in the transfer market, it is now concerning to the Blaugranas that the centre-back has no offers on the table. While clubs have enquired about his availability, there has been no follow-up from the interested parties.

According to reports from SPORT, several teams have asked Umtiti to check his physical condition and pace of play. However, both the player and Barcelona have refused, considering it a lack of respect.

The Frenchman has fully recovered and is willing to leave even on loan. However, it is understandable that clubs want the reassurance of Umtiti’s recovery given his poor fitness record in recent seasons.

The defender was not presented in front of Camp Nou as part of the Joan Gamper Trophy, giving a clear message that Xavi does not count on him. However, Laporta respects Umtiti’s efforts to find a new team and has thus withheld from terminating the contract.

Earlier in the window, the French international was close to signing for Rennes. However, the Ligue 1 side stepped back at the last minute as they were not convinced with his fitness. It now appears that Lyon are best placed to sign him.

Last season, Umtiti made just one start for Barcelona in the league but failed to oversee a clean sheet on the night. It remains to be seen if he moves on a loan or a permanent transfer, but his contract until 2026 will be a big hurdle in any negotiations.



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