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Samuel Umtiti told by Barcelona he can leave amid Manchester United and Manchester City transfer interest

Barcelona have told Samuel Umtiti he can leave the club, reports claim.

Last month, in a 4-2 win at Sevilla, the France defender made his first-team return from a knee injury, which had sidelined him since November.

Samuel Umtiti has only recently returned from a knee injury

Speaking about his injury lay-off, Umtiti told L’Equipe: “I knew of the injury at the World Cup, but I played through it.

“It was only when I returned to Barcelona that I decided to recover but I did not expect it to take so long, and it would have been easier to have surgery at that point.


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“But I believe I made the right decision in not doing this, and I want to thank those who advised me on the situation and for the club, who supported me throughout the process.”

And despite his return to fitness, Italian publication Calciomercato claim Barcelona are willing to sell Umtiti this summer.

Umtiti, whose contract expires in 2023, reportedly “likes” Manchester United and Manchester City, two clubs he has been linked with in the past.

The 25-year-old joined Barcelona for £21.4million from Lyon in 2016 and his days could be numbered if the LaLiga champions move for Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt.


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