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Barcelona president: 'Samuel Umtiti release clause set at £438m'

Barcelona president: 'Samuel Umtiti release clause set at £438m'

After months of negotiating, Barcelona finally announced an agreement with Umtiti had been reached by issuing a statement early on Sunday evening.

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Samuel Umtiti are now holding a press conference to give more details on the French defender's new contract at Barcelona which will run until 2023.

The France international's extended deal ties him to the Nou Camp giants until 2023.

"The player, born in Yaounde in 1993, arrived at the club in 2016 from Lyon and in only two seasons has become an indispensable player in the Barca defence".

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Barcelona hope the new deal will put an end to speculation about Umtiti's future after he was linked with moves to several top European clubs including Manchester United.

Umtiti, who is 24 and has played 17 times for France, took a break from World Cup camp at Clairefontaine near Paris to travel to Barcelona.

"I just said the word 'joker.' I don't know how that word is interpreted [in Spain], but you can interpret it as you wish". I'm nervous today because it's a dream to continue here. He'll sign his new deal in Barcelona on Monday and will likely join up again with Les Bleus shortly after.

Sergio Busquets is also in line for a new contract but Barcelona will now turn their attention to bringing in new players.


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