Umtiti rubbishes suggestions he could have swapped Barcelona for the Premier League

Umtiti was linked with a move to Arsenal earlier this summer

In Summary

• Umtiti was also a rumoured potential makeweight in Barcelona’s bid for Neymar.

• The centre-back has denied there was any chance of him leaving the Nou Camp.

Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti during a past match
Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti during a past match
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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has rejected speculation he could have left the club for Arsenal or PSG this summer.

Umtiti, 25, was linked with a move to the Emirates before the Gunners signed David Luiz and was also rumoured to be a potential makeweight in Barca’s bid for Neymar.

Neither move came to fruition and despite losing his place at Barca as a result of a spate of injuries over the past two years, he insists he was never likely to leave.

“Honestly, I don’t know where this rumour with Arsenal came from,” he told Canal Football Club. “Overnight, I received messages from my friends ‘ah, so you are joining Arsenal?’ I’m not, I’m sorry but I’m staying at Barcelona.”

“Contacts with Arsenal? To be honest, I don’t know if they had conversations with my agent, I just told him that I didn’t care what was happening this summer and that it wasn’t even necessary to talk to me about it. It was useless, I was going to have the same answer.”

“My dream as a child is to play for Barcelona. Last season was the most difficult of my career, especially in terms of injuries.”

Umtiti is currently recovering from a foot injury which has forced him to pull out of the France squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.