Umtiti bemused by Arsenal and Neymar transfer rumours

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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has laughed off reviews that Arsenal tried to signal him over the summer time regardless of Alexandre Lacazette making a plea for the centre-back to affix.

But the Gunners ended up signing David Luiz from Chelsea.

"Honestly, I don't know where this rumour with Arsenal came from", he told Canal Football Club.

"Overnight, I received messages from my friends 'so you are joining Arsenal?' I'm not, I'm sorry but I'm staying at Barcelona".

He also disclosed that he told his agent that he does not care what is happening last summer because he will have the same answer about everything. "I don't even have an answer".

"My objective ever since I was little was to play for Barcelona".

The France worldwide was linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer.

Umtiti's poor campaign with Barca in the wake of winning the World Cup led to several rumors that the club was willing to sell him in the summer or include him as part of the failed deal to bring Neymar Jr back to the Camp Nou from Paris Saint Germain. Last season was the most hard of my career, especially in terms of injuries'.

We think it was right that the Gunners didn't follow up their apparent interest in the 25-year-old.

"Exchange myself plus coin for Neymar?"

With just one win from three La Liga matches so far, Barcelona at a lowly eighth spot in the standings.

Head coach Ernesto Valverde did state that his star man would be available for selection following the worldwide break and admitted to having his own hopes that Messi would be ready to face Los Che after Barca's mixed start to the season.

Umtiti struggled with a knee drawback final season and misplaced his place within the Barcelona facet to compatriot Clement Lenglet, whereas he was pressured to tug out of the France squad that takes on Andorra on Tuesday attributable to a foot harm.



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