Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has moved swiftly to reject talk of a move to Arsenal, despite the Frenchman being linked with a transfer to the Emirates Stadium last March. Umtiti is reportedly admired by the Gunners as their preferred long term centre-back.
Speaking to Canal+, Umtiti discussed the rumour talk: “Honestly, I don’t know where this rumour with Arsenal came from. Overnight, I received messages from my friends, ‘ah, so you are joining Arsenal?’, I’m not, I’m sorry but I’m staying at Barcelona.
“Contacts with Arsenal? To be honest, I don’t know if they had conversations with my agent, I just told him that I didn’t care what was happening this summer and that it wasn’t even necessary to talk to me about it.
“It was useless, I was going to have the same answer. My dream as a child is to play for Barcelona. Last season was the most difficult of my career, especially in terms of injuries.”