Barcelona’s superb start to the season has been down to the 18 goals from Lionel Messi and Ter Stegen’s form in goal, but also the solidity in defense shown by Samuel Umtiti.
And now, Umtiti is all set to sign a new contract as Barcelona plans to splinter Premier League’s interest in the Frenchman. The defender has been an absolute rock for the Catalan giants and is only into his second season at the club.
His performances this year has attracted interests from across the continent.
His release clause has alerted many clubs to look into him. It is said that the former Barcelona and current Manchester City manager is interested in the Umtiti. The Spaniard is looking forward to bolstering his squad in the winter window.
The Spaniard is targeting a quadruple with Manchester City. Guardiola is losing faith in captain Vincent Kompany, who again picked up an injury in the win at Newcastle. John Stones has also missed the past few games, owing to a hamstring injury.
Manchester City are really interested in signing Samuel Umtiti as the English club lost out on Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool. [md] pic.twitter.com/NC4fIjzxTs
— BarcaSpiral (@BarcaSpiral) December 31, 2017
And now it looks like Manchester City won’t be able to secure the services of the center-back, as Barcelona are ready to offer him a new contract to prevent him from leaving the Camp Nou, according to the Spanish outlet Marca.
Marca claims that the talks are going to begin in the coming weeks. Umtiti is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and will be out of action for one month.
The player has been one of the pillars in Ernesto Valverde’s side have gone unbeaten so far. The arrival of Umtiti has put an end to all the defensive criticism Barcelona has faced since Carles Puyol hung up his boots. Umtiti is a kind of player who ensures that the team is built on a firm foundation.
⏰⚽ The most minutes of 2017
4️⃣,5️⃣9️⃣0️⃣ Ter Stegen
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 31, 2017