Samuel Umtiti is not unanimous

Samuel Umtiti is not unanimous


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Samuel Umtiti could well leave FC Barcelona. Pushed out for several transfer windows, the French defender had always remained in Catalonia until now. But this summer, the 2018 world champion should go well. His dream was to return to Olympique Lyonnais to find playing time and his friends Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette. But the residents of Groupama Stadium did not wish to repatriate him.

Despite everything, a comeback in France is still possible for “Big Sam”. Indeed, Stade Rennais has positioned itself to recruit him. Great news for the Catalans who want to part ways with the Frenchman, who extended until 2026 earlier this year. sports world explained a few days ago that Umtiti could be released and leave for free. But in the end, a loan with an option to buy would be the preferred operation, knowing that Barça would pay his salary.

Genesio pushes for Umtiti

While a departure of the defender to Rennes was imminent according to the Catalan press, the reality would be very different. West France reveals that the Umtiti case divides the Bretons. On one side, there is coach Bruno Genesio. The latter pushes to recruit the player trained at OL. A footballer and a man he knows well since he had led him as assistant coach, then head coach at Lyon. Genesio therefore wants to relaunch him, he who has been looking for a defender since the departure of Nayef Aguerd at West Ham.

Asked about it by OFthe Breton coach confided: “all the players who correspond to the profile we are looking for interest me. Inevitably, he is a player that I appreciate a lot, that I like a lot. There are questions, as you know, about his physical condition at the moment. I had exchanges with him which reassured me. But to judge, it is the field that will tell us. We review regularly. I understand that for the club, it could be something that slows down the file.

The Barça player worries Rennes

He then added: “When there are people who work in a field who see a multitude of matches, who analyze a multitude of data, it is normal to trust them for recruitment, because it is not my primary job. Either we have a way of working, we stick to it and we respect it, or we don’t, but there’s no point in having a well-defined organizational chart.” The file is therefore divided internally.

According West Franceno medical visit is planned for the moment, especially as the Umtiti track is getting colder. The French media also specifies that the SRFC is exploring other names in parallel. One of them leads to South Korean Kim Min-Jae, as revealed exclusively on our site. If everything is not yet finished for Samuel Umtiti, the Frenchman, whose physical condition is questioning, will have to convince all of Stade Rennais that he is ready to take up this new challenge. The ball is in his court !

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