Barcelona and France international defender Samuel Umtiti has penned a new five-year extension that will keep him with the Catalan giants until 2023.
The new deal includes a massive buyout clause of €500m which will now put off any suitors from making a bid for Samuel Umtiti who has recently been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs.
Barcelona broke the news on the clubs official website by confirming the defender will be staying on at the club until 2023. The player has been in negotiations all season over a new deal which had alerted some of Europe’s top clubs to the situation. At one point many thought that the French international defender would be heading out of the Nou Camp this summer.
However, after many months of negotiations, both camps finally come to an agreement allowing Umtiti to sign a new deal that makes him one of the highest paid players at Barca.
Umtiti told the club website: “I’m very proud to renew with Barca. From my very first day here, I felt like I was at home, and now I want to stay here for much longer.
“My dream is to continue playing on the best team in the world. I’m very proud to renew.”
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke of his delight at the signing of Umtiti: “This is a very special day because Samuel is continuing his commitment with the club. This is great news for Barca fans. Umtiti is a very important player who has established himself. Without him, the team is not the same, and that’s why we have extended his deal.”
Umtiti will now head to the World Cup in Russia with France where he will be hoping to guide Les Blues onto another World Cup victory. France goes into the World Cup as one of the pre-tournament favourites.