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Since Samuel Umtiti has joined Barcelona, he has become the mainstay in their defense. With constant solid performances for the club, he has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world.
But with his release clause in his current contract set at just €60 million, the Frenchman has been linked to host of clubs and even speculations that he will leave the club this summer. Barcelona wants him to sign a new contract extension but the defender is demanding higher wages to stay at the club.
Manchester United among the clubs who are keeping tabs on the defender. Mourinho is planning to bolster his squad and wants to bring the France International this summer.
Umtiti has admitted to interested being shown in his services, but he has also taken the opportunity to air his commitment to his current club.
Having grabbed the badge on his shirt after forcing Kostas Manolas to put through his own net in Barca’s 4-1 Champions League win over Roma, the 24-year-old centre-half told beIN Sports: “It’s a celebration like any other, I just wanted to say how much I love this club.
“I just play, try to do things right. This is the most important thing for me. I try to do it for a club like Barca, and continue to do it.
“As for everything else, these are things that come out in the press. Some are true, others wrong, but I just focus on football.”
Umtiti was recently quizzed on his links to Old Trafford and revealed that the Red Devils are one of several teams to be keeping a close eye on his situation at Camp Nou.
He said: “It’s not only Manchester United, other clubs want me as well, but my sole focus is on Barcelona.
“Negotiations for a contract renewal have not started yet.
“My release clause is low, but that’s not what I worry about, I focus on the pitch.”