Still undesirable at FC Barcelona, Samuel Umtiti is struggling to find a way out. His former coach Bruno Genesio would like to welcome him to Stade Rennais. But within the Breton club, his profile is not a priority.
Samuel Umtiti is not unanimous Rennes.
Samuel Umtiti still in Xavi’s group next September… FC Barcelona refuses to consider this hypothesis. And yet, the scenario is not excluded.
Again pushed towards the exit, the 28-year-old central defender agrees to leave provided he finds an interesting project. The Frenchman notably opens the door to Ligue 1 where several teams have thought of relaunching him.
Lyon is not interested
We have often mentioned a possible return to Olympique Lyonnais. But this summer, despite the privileged local DNA, Umtiti is not part of the plans of his training club.
His Rhone network nevertheless brought him closer to Rennes where his former coach Bruno Genesio would welcome him. He’s a player I really like, confided the technician last week. (…) For me he is also a world champion with his experience, which corresponds to what we can look for. Reassured by a discussion with Umtiti, Genesio regretted that the Barcelonan did not achieve unanimity internally because of his recurring injuries and his physical condition.
Rennes should not insist
A few days later, sporting director Florian Maurice surprised no one by announcing that the French international was not his priority track. There is no disagreement. We may not agree on certain issues, but the exchange has always been the same with Bruno, replied the leader on Monday. We’ve known each other long enough to be able to change quietly, peacefully. We weigh the pros and cons of certain cases.
For the moment, this file is on stand-by, decided the boss of the sports sector. We are working on other solutions for the moment. Unfortunately for Umtiti, Rennes seem to be more interested in South Korean Kim Min-jae (25, Fenerbahe) and Brazilian Morato (21, Benfica). And the Rennais are far from the only ones to doubt the abilities of the Blaugrana who only lined up once last season.
Clubs doubt Umtiti
According to the daily Sport, the undesirable of Bara has very few options for his future. Potentially interested clubs are sometimes put off by his salary. While others would have dared to ask Bara if they could take Umtiti on trial, just to check the condition of his knee. A request obviously refused by the vice-champion of Spain, who may have every interest in aligning his defender during friendly matches in order to reassure everyone.
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