Barcelona publish Samuel Umtiti medical statement

Ross Houston
September 11, 2019

The Frenchman was tipped to be involved in Barcelona's player-plus-cash deal for PSG's Neymar, whilst there was also talk of a permanent move to Arsenal before they recruited David Luiz from Chelsea.

Arsenal had been linked with a transfer for Umtiti - amongst a lot of different prime centre-backs - however the France worldwide says, to his data, there was by no means something of substance to the rumours.

Umtiti struggled with a knee drawback final season and misplaced his place within the Barcelona facet to compatriot Clement Lenglet, whereas he was pressured to tug out of the France squad that takes on Andorra on Tuesday attributable to a foot harm.

The France global was linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer.

Cape Town - Samuel Umtiti insists he was not interested in reports linking him with a move to Arsenal in the off-season, saying he "does not know where the rumour came from".

Overnight, I received messages from my friends 'ah, so you are joining Arsenal?' I'm not, I'm sorry but I'm staying at Barcelona.

"I don't know if they had conversations with my agent, I just told him that I didn't care what was happening this summer".

'It was useless, I was going to have the same answer.

Monday's Catalan media once again had reports decrying the impact of worldwide football on the fitness of Barcelona players.

Messi has not played for Barca since suffering a calf injury while in pre-season at the start of August, missing most of his side's warm-up matches, as well as their three La Liga matches to date.

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We think it was right that the Gunners didn't follow up their apparent interest in the 25-year-old.

He added: "Exchange for Neymar?" It's insane anyway! It made me laugh.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is set to give Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez the nod against Valencia, both stars are yet to feature for the La Liga Champions this season.

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