Barcelona defender signs new deal

Barcelona defender signs new deal

Samuel Umtiti has agreed an extension on his current contract with Barcelona till 2023, the club announced on Sunday.

Barcelona were concerned Umtiti's clause would be met amid reported interest from Manchester United, and therefore, according to ESPN FC, negotiated a £437m (€500m) release clause in the latest version of his agreement with the club.

The France international's extended deal ties him to the Nou Camp giants until 2023.

The 24-year-old featured and scored in Friday's worldwide friendly win for France over Italy.

The French centre-back initially joined Barcelona in 2016 and quickly became a key part of the club's defence over the past two years.

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It's evident that with such a high clause, Barcelona are confident that Umtiti will remain at the club for a long time.

Josep Maria Bartomeu and Samuel Umtiti are now holding a press conference to give more details on the French defender's new contract at Barcelona which will run until 2023.

After Manchester City and Liverpool spent big on defenders Aymeric Laporte and Virgil van Dijk, respectively, in January, Manchester United were linked with a move for Umtiti. "We think with this clause no one will come here and try to take him away from us", Bartomeu told reporters.

He is now preparing for the World Cup as part of France's 23-man squad where he is expected to partner Real Madrid's Raphael Varane.

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