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Barcelona To Extend Their Star Defender’s Contract: Big Boost For The Catalans?

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Barcelona are confident about their chances of extending Samuel Umtiti’s contract amidst speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United this summer. According to recent reports, the Catalans are set to offer a new and improved deal to the French defender and are hoping to finalise the principles of the contract with the player’s agent next week. 

It is believed that Ernesto Valverde’s side are keen on retaining the Yaounde-born centre-back’s services as they look to establish their dominance in both domestic and European competitions in the coming years. The 24-year-old forward’s current contract with Barca is set to expire in the summer of 2021. He has missed a lot of action in recent weeks due to a serious injury and is currently sidelined due to a knee problem.

However, Umtiti has still managed to put in a number of excellent performances at the Nou Camp during the course of this season which has alerted a number of top clubs including Mourinho’s United. The French defensive ace has made 40 appearances for the Catalans this season in all competitions and has been a rock at the back alongside Gerard Pique in Barcelona’s senior squad.

Barcelona are currently at the top of the league table with a tally of 90 points in 36 league matches. They have already secured the league title and will want to go unbeaten all throughout their league campaign. Valverde needs to bring in a few quality players in the upcoming summer transfer period in an effort to do well in the Champions League next season.

However, retaining some of their top talents like Umtiti could go a long way in helping them win some European silverware in the near future. The Frenchman is exactly the kind of defender who can represent Barca at the top level for years to come. At 24, he still has his peak years ahead of him which the Catalans could look to utilise in the coming seasons.

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Umtiti boasts incredible pace while his defensive talents are also at a high level. He can be considered as one of the most promising defenders in Spanish football which is why so many top clubs like Manchester United are looking to land him in the summer. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Umtiti and whether he ends up penning a new contract which will extend his time at the Nou Camp.

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