Things are not being easy for Xavi Hernandez. He reached the bench of FC Barcelona aiming to set the team’s course for the season, but nothing is going as planned. Recently his wards 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 forward Ferran Torres.
The 28-year-old Cameroon-born central defender simply does not fit into Xavi’s plans despite the great sacrifice he made for the club by cutting 10% of his salary. That is why the Egarense has not been slow to contact the president Joan Laporta so that you can find a way out in this market.
“Xavi Hernández does not need it and for that reason he asks that he leave or be transferred to be able to count on some other central with more guarantees. Laporta convinces Umtiti to renew with a lower salary, but there is also another extra condition: that he leaves on loan “, publishes the aforementioned medium in its digital version.
Even before extending the link with Barcelona, Umtiti refused to be sold or loaned in all forms. It rang out with force in Besiktas and in several Spanish mid-table teams, but no offer seduced him and to this day he still has a first-team record.
Fortunately for his interests, Umtiti is still in the crosshairs 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 themselves from relegation. Whether in England or any other league, Xavi just wants to see him go.
Samuel Umtiti came to 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 he lifted the World Cup in Russia. However, he has not had continuity in recent seasons due to injuries.
In fact, in this course he has only participated in one match: against Osasuna, in LaLiga. But the Frenchman has never given up, and after this contract, he confirms his illusion of once again being an important player in Xavi’s scheme despite the great competition that exists in the axis of the rear with Piqué, Éric García, Lenglet and Mingueza .
According to the Transfermarkt portal, a site specializing in soccer player appraisals, Samuel Umtiti is valued at two million euros. In his best moment at FC Barcelona, the Frenchman cost 70 ‘kilos’. Scandal devaluation.
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