THE BALL – Umtiti will leave and look towards France or Italy (Barcelona)

Samuel Umtiti is leaving Barcelona. After six seasons in Catalunya and just one game last season, the Frenchman has reached the end of the line.

The newspaper L’Equipe writes that the player never recovered well from a knee injury in 2018 and started the process of leaving, analyzing where he will play next season, as he is aware that it is not part of Xavi Hernández’s plans.

According to the newspaper, the destination is a return to France (he left Lyon for Barça in 2016/2017) or a passage through Italy, in a loan scenario with Barça to support part of the salary.

Barcelona starts the season on the 4th of July, so there is not much time left – the player has a contract until 2026, having renewed it in January of this year with a low salary.