Pique clarifies Samuel Umtiti’s future at Barcelona
Samuel Umtiti has been in incredible form for Barcelona and has been given plenty of game time by Ernesto Valverde this season.
The Frenchman has been a subject of transfer speculations as reports claimed Manchester United and City were prepared to activate his €60 million buyout clause.
At the time Barcelona signed the center-back from Lyon, the transfer market was not this crazy and paying 60 million euros for a defender was considered ridiculous.
Barcelona fans have been concerned about the recent rumors, but Gerard Pique has assured that Umtiti wasn’t planning an exit.
According to quotes via Metro, the Spaniard said: “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.
“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.”