Samuel Umtiti becomes moved in exile at Barça


French defender Samuel Umtiti admits to shedding tears over his exile in Barcelona and is determined to fight for his place at Camp Nou.

Samuel Umtiti was signed for Lyon in 2016 in hopes of strengthening and rejuvenating the team’s defensive line. While performing well in his first two seasons with the club, Umtiti sadly suffered a knee injury during France’s winning 2018 World Cup campaign. Umtiti chose to play through the pain and has been plagued with injuries ever since.

Umtiti is notoriously putting on a contract at Barcelona which is seen as severely overpaid. Therefore, Barca fans believe he is one of the reasons Lionel Messi was unable to continue at the club. In a pre-season friendly earlier this year, Camp Nou fans made their feelings known to Umtiti as they kept ridiculing him.

Via Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens from ESPN:

“The whistles hurt,” Umtiti told Mundo Deportivo. “I never thought that would happen at this club because it is the club that I love.

In an attempt to offload the players to resolve excess payrolls at Barcelona, ​​Umtiti was offered to leave the club for free during the previous summer’s transfer window. However, Umtiti rejected the offer and sought a second chance with Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s club.

“I cried during the meeting. We talked about some difficult issues; it was pretty intense. I don’t speak much, but if I say anything to you, it comes from the heart.

His plea to Laporta earned him a second chance, but having yet to make a single appearance this season, he has yet to prove to the club if he made the right decision. His contract expires in 2023 and he will be eager to make a statement as soon as possible.

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