• 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 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.