Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti states his goal celebration in the course of Wednesday’s 4-1 Champions League quarterfinal initial-leg win more than Roma was not linked to his present-day contract predicament.
Umtiti, joined to a move to Manchester United, heightened speculation more than his long run when on international responsibility past 7 days by pointing out that his present-day €60 million release clause was “not a great deal.”
That declaration arrived amid studies that he was hunting for a substantial shell out rising from the Camp Nou board.
Right after pressuring Roma defender Kostas Manolas into an own-goal early in the second 50 percent, Umtiti ran in the direction of the cameras grabbing the badge on his shirt. He advised beIN SPORTS after the game that only some of the media speculation more than his long run was proper.
“It was not a [special message], I [just] needed to say that I love this club,” Umtiti stated. “I have practically nothing a great deal else to say. I just stick to actively playing and undertaking perfectly on the pitch. That is the most critical for me. That is what I will keep trying to do. The relaxation is matters that appear out in the press — some true, some untrue — but I target on football.”
Umtiti, under contract right until 2021, has been an achievement since his €25m arrival in 2016. Barca has not long ago been joined with Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet as a possible substitution should really Umtiti leave this summer.
In the meantime, Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta refused to be drawn on his long run ideas when speaking to beIN SPORTS on Tuesday night.
Iniesta, 34 in May, is reportedly set to decide in advance of the conclusion of the season regardless of whether this is to be his past at the Camp Nou.
“At the instant when I have to make the announcement, you will then know what it is,” Iniesta stated when asked if he could clarify his imagining.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde stated this 7 days he would not attempt to impact a determination the veteran had earned the appropriate to make himself.