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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti pours doubt on Manchester United move

Samuel Umtiti pours doubt on Man Utd move
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Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti denies suggestions that he could join Manchester United this summer by expressing his desire to stay at Camp Nou.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has seemingly dismissed reports that he could leave the club this summer amid speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

United are in the market for a new central defender in order to bolster their options at the back, and Umtiti is understood to be one of the names on their shortlist.

The France international has struggled with injuries this season and has been limited to just eight La Liga starts, only two of which have come since November.

Reports have suggested that Barca could look to cash in on Umtiti this summer as they eye Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt as a replacement, but the player himself is eager to stay at the club.

In a quickfire Q&A with Telefoot which forced Umtiti to give one-word answers or play a 'joker' to dodge a question, the 25-year-old immediately answered "yes" when asked whether he would stay at Barcelona and renew his contract.

Umtiti also faced the same question last year, but on that occasion used his joker card and refused to answer.

The Frenchman signed a new five-year contract with Barcelona last summer, tying him to the club until 2023.


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