Anwar Ibrahim (Cairo)
It seems that French defender Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona is on the way to change his mind by agreeing to leave the Catalan club this summer, as he has begun to understand the fact that his presence at the Camp Nou is coming to an end, according to Diario Sport. Hispanic.
The Barcelona administration has been trying for some time to convince Umtiti to help it reduce salaries and save money, in order to contract with Lionel Messi, but the French player continued to refuse because of his desire to complete his contract with the team.
And the Spanish site said: Umtiti apparently changed his opinion, and was ready to agree to a loan contract for the 2021-2022 season, because he did not want to enter into a conflict with Barcelona, so as not to jeopardize his image, especially since he is still twenty-seven years old, and he has the opportunity to take on new challenges.
Umtiti receives a salary of 8 million euros annually, while his contract expires in the summer of 2023.
Umtiti was finally convinced that it was very difficult, if not impossible, to find a place for him with the first team in the new season, due to his frequent injuries throughout previous seasons, which kept him from the high level he appeared in the World Cup Russia 2018.
For its part, the Barca administration rules out the possibility of Umtiti returning to his old level in the future, and Umtiti played only 13 games in the Spanish League “La Liga” in the 2020-2021 season.
Umtiti’s position is very similar to that of the 31-year-old Bosnian star Miralem Pjanic, who joined Barca from Juventus in a swap deal with Brazilian Artur last summer, but he, in turn, only started in 6 out of 13 matches. Play it in La Liga.