Barca star 'refuses' to leave the club


With FC Barcelona understood to still be trying to get a few players off their wage bill, one of them is reportedly refusing to leave the Camp Nou.

Barca are believed to have made several attempts to get rid of French star Samuel Umtiti, but according to Marca, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is adamant about staying at the club.

This is despite manager Ronald Koeman informing the defender he is not part of his plans for this season. 

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Umtiti is reportedly on big wages, and getting him off their books would help provide the Blaugrana with some necessary relief.

According to the Daily Mail, the Frenchman is on £131 000 (R2.7 million) a week until June 2023, and Barca cannot simply terminate his contract due to legal constraints. 

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As a result, Umtiti could remain at the club as the Catalan giants' fifth-choice centre-back behind Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia. 

it is further claimed that Barca have presented the France international with numerous teams that have made offers to sign him, but the former Olympique Lyon defender is understood to have rejected them as he feels he can still be useful to the Blaugrana. 

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