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Samuel Umtiti
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
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Org France National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC

2016 12 03 Retrieve

[Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti gives insight on Lionel Messi’s dominance in training] He has so much ease on the ball. His talent is innate although he works a lot. In training he does things that are out of the norm. Sometimes he dribbles past everyone as if we were nothing more than cones, including me

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti believes that Griezmann would be a big help to Ernesto Valverde’s team, if he moved to Camp Nou] He is a fantastic player, we know his quality. In any group, he would be important. He could help us a lot

2019 04 16 Retrieve

[From world champion to broken and error-prone - Samuel Umtiti’s miserable season] I came from an extraordinary World Cup, where my childhood dream came true. I had some problems with my knee before and during the competition. I gritted my teeth and played the best I could. During the World Cup, I didn’t necessarily do what I needed to. Or rather, I did things I should have avoided

2019 06 25 Retrieve

[Samuel Umtiti is expecting to stay at Barcelona this summer] The quality of life is great. For me, it’s the best place to play and live. The place, the mentality of the people, my team, the players that I meet daily, frankly I could not have dreamt of better. Every day I feel happy to live my passion, and what’s more to do that here in Barcelona. The adaptation went very well, I was very well received. They were very cool with me, even though I did not speak too much Spanish we managed to understand each other and everyone helped me a lot.

[He made just 13 starts in La Liga last season, but feels he is ready to kick on into 2019-20] I’m better. It’s true that it was a difficult season due to the injury but I knew it was going to happen, that there had to be a transition because I had a lot of difficulties during the World Cup. I think it was a good thing and it was worth it. At the end of the season I was able to play again and I recovered my fitness. Now I will prepare for the next season and be at 200%

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Samuel Umtiti has rubbished reports suggesting that he had contact with Arsenal over the summer] 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

[With Barca forced into favouring other options, Umtiti was billed as one of those who could be used as a makeweight in Barcelona’s efforts to prise Neymar away from Paris Saint-Germain] Exchange coin for Neymar? It’s crazy. It made me laugh, I don’t even have an answer to where it comes from

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Barcelona confirm extent of Umtiti injury as Luis Suarez nears return to fitness] In the follow-up of the recovery process of the French player’s right foot, and through new tests, a fissure of the second metatarsal has been detected. The approximate withdrawal time will be about 5-6 weeks

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Umtiti absent from Barcelona’s Slavia Prague Champions League trip] In the final part of the session on Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva, Samuel Umtiti picked up a bruised knee and so the French central defender misses the trip to take on Slavia Prague. Sergio Roberto also misses out as he is still recovering from a knee injury picked up in the win at the weekend against Eibar in La Liga

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Umtiti leaves Barcelona exit door open and takes aim at Griezmann’s haircut] I’d like to be a coach. I take notes from those I’ve worked under, their training sessions and what they do. Returning to Lyon is a possibility, as a player or as a coach.

[Umtiti has added to those, but has opted to focus on Griezmann’s life off the field rather than his efforts on it] I don’t like Griezmann’s haircut at all and I tell him he needs to cut it every morning. But he always says that it’s a work in progress. He also says he’s really good at basketball and he’s good but he isn’t as good as he says he is!

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Umtiti backs Antoine Griezmann to shine at Camp Nou] It’s not difficult to integrate at Barcelona with the players that are here. With all that we could win, we remain humble, and simple in our approach. He is a very smart player and he’s going to show everybody that Barcelona is for him. People who know football know what he’s good at and how he can help us. He’s been able to prove it but we have to let him ride out any rough weather [in his form]

[Umtiti has seen his chances restricted for much of this season under Ernesto Valverde due to injury] It’s behind me now. I’ve done everything I can to forget all that. I think I’m on the right path

[In his absence, Valverde has called upon Clement Lenglet, whose impressive form has seen him also plug Umtiti’s gap in Didier Deschamps’ most recent Les Bleus squads] I have several goals including [reaching] Euro 2020. I will do everything to be in the squad. There are discussions with Deschamps and he looks at what I do on a daily basis. I’m getting ready to answer when I’m called

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Samuel Umtiti’s injury problems appear to be taking their toll] I’d like the power to return to the past. Not to change things, but to relive the time when I was happy and didn’t know it