BARCELONA – Samuel Umtiti he got his way and will stay at Barcelona, ready to fulfill his contract until 2023.
The French defender rejected in his day the letter of freedom that the Barcelona club offered him and rejected all the proposals that came to him for not adapting to his sports and salary demands and after a meeting held on Monday with representatives of the entity, he closed the case, willing, confirmed to ESPN Deportes a source from the club itself, to accept a salary cut similar to that agreed with JOrdi Alba and Sergio Busquets.
If Barça maintains the hope of solving the march of Miralem PjanicAs the Bosnian midfielder is willing to return to Italy with the Juventus option in the foreground, all attempts with Umtiti were in vain, even more so when his determination was verified despite the fact that in the previous match of San Mamés, Ronald Koeman in the first person sentenced that he would not have minutes in the team.
The 27-year-old French central defender, who in the last three seasons played 49 games with the Barça elastic (32 as a starter), showing clear symptoms of knee problems, assured the club leaders of his full recovery, arguing it in his work throughout the summer and the preseason, receiving the approval of Joan Laporta himself, who assured him that from now on he will be one more in the coach’s plans, who must, it is understood, vary his speech about him.
From here on, Umtiti’s advisers will have to negotiate a salary adjustment with Barcelona executives, a condition imposed by the club and which the player accepted. Without the terms of this adjustment being known for a moment, the intention of the club is to transfer to its agents conditions similar to those agreed with Alba and Busquets. This would be a reduction in his salary and defer a substantial part of the signing for this season, beyond 30 percent, for the next, which is when the contract ends.