On loan from FC Barcelona to Lecce since the start of the 2022-2023 season, Samuel Umtiti no longer intends to wear the Catalan club jersey.
Under contract until 2026
Pushed out by FC Barcelona, Samuel Umtiti left the Catalan club for Lecce last August, in the form of a one-season loan with no option to buy. Eager to find some colors with the Italian formation, the French central defender has since played five Serie A games with the formation based in Puglia. Established four times in his new colors, the 29-year-old remains under contract until June 2026 with the Blaugrana. What then of the future of the 2018 world champion on the other side of the Pyrenees? According to newspaper information Sportthe former member of Olympique Lyonnais has a plan in mind for the rest of his career.
133 TCC games
Samuel Umtiti reportedly has no intention of returning to Barca. The native of Yaoudé would claim a termination of his commitment in order to join a new team free. The tricolor international, obviously not retained by Didier Deschamps at the 2022 World Cup, would be persuaded to have suitors after his passage on the other side of the Alps. In other words, the former resident of the French championship would like to turn the page with FC Barcelona. Also according to the Catalan daily, the Barcelona staff have already informed the main interested party that he will no longer enter into his plans once the 2022-2023 season is over.
Enlisted by FC Barcelona in July 2016 against a check for 25 million euros, Samuel Umtiti has 133 appearances in all competitions, for 2 goals. Plagued by injuries, the number 93 of Lecce has never managed to win over time on the Camp Nou side. And it is not these latest revelations about his situation that will bring him closer to a new start with the current La Liga leader.