The Barça has renewed the contract of Samuel Umtiti. Until 2026, three years more than those that had been agreed. Far from begging for an offer to arrive that would allow him to get rid of the defender, the club has extended the stay of the footballer who could bequeath to serve ten years in the locker room.
The pact entails that Umtiti lowers the card in exchange for staying more years in the team, which will allow the registration of Ferran Torres. The decrease in the wage bill with this reduction (or deferral) of the emoluments of the French defender facilitates that the Valencian striker can enter the League registry. However, he will continue to occupy a number of the first team, which makes it difficult for any of the youngsters such as Nico or Gavi to register. Those of Sergio Agüero, retired, and Yusuf Demir will remain free if he is returned to Rapid Vienna.
A case study
The club “publicly expresses its gratitude to Samuel Umtiti for the effort and esteem he has shown”; underline the official note
The figure of Umtiti and Barça’s relationship with the player is a case worth study. The club has been trying to transfer or assign him for two years, but has not succeeded. Due to the lack of offers and the null predisposition of the French to leave, that in no place they would have paid the token that he charges at Barça. Umtiti was virtually fired during the summer – even the termination of the contract was being considered with him – but after a meeting with Joan Laporta he managed to ensure its continuity. Not only that: the president classified him as a “strategic” player. Riqui Puig it deserved the same qualifier.
The change of status was going to entail a greater participation of Umtiti in the team. It was not so. He did not play for a minute with Ronald Koeman or Sergi Barjuan (three games) and has only enjoyed 90 minutes with Xavi Hernández in Pamplona. He was the last player from the first team to make his debut and the one who played the fewest minutes. However, his contract with Barça, reduced, is extended for another three and a half years and the card is distributed for a longer time. Likewise, the Barça club gets a longer term to find a way out that will seduce Umtiti.
FC Barcelona and @samumtiti have reached an agreement to extend their contract until June 30, 2026. The French defender reduces part of the salary that he was going to receive in the year and a half that he had on his contract
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 10, 2022
“FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Samuel Umtiti for the effort and affection he has shown towards the Club”, is underlined in the public note issued by Barça that justifies the extension of the French defender’s contract.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.