Gerard Pique expects Samuel Umtiti to remain at Barcelona

Pique expects Umtiti to remain at Barca
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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique expects defensive teammate Samuel Umtiti to remain at Camp Nou for "a very long time".

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has insisted that he is not worried about alleged interest in teammate Samuel Umtiti.

In recent weeks, both Manchester City and Manchester United have been linked with a move for the centre-back, who has a £55m release clause in his contract.

However, Pique has said that he expects the French international to continue to impress at Camp Nou for "a very long time".

"I'm not worried about what clubs might or might not do. Umtiti is a great player and we expect him to stay at Barca for many more years and for him to enjoy his football with us," The Metro quotes the 30-year-old as saying.

"To an extent, the buyout clause is made high so that you can't buy the player. As time goes by, that fee doesn't seem so high at all, but the player still has to want to leave.

"We're very happy with Umtiti and I'm sure he's going to stay here for a very long time."

Boss Ernesto Valverde has also insisted that Umtiti will remain with the La Liga giants.

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Samuel Umtiti in action for Barcelona during their La Liga clash with Granada at the Camp Nou on October 29, 2016
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