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Agreement to sever ties with Samuel Umtiti
Frenchman spent last season on loan to Lecce of Serie A, where he played 25 games
FC Barcelona and defender Samuel Umtiti have reached an agreement to release the player from the contract binding him to the club until the end of the 2025/26 season.
FC Barcelona wishes to express its gratitude to Umtiti and wishes him every fortune and success in the future.
Culer since 2016
Umtiti has enjoyed an injury-free season in Italy, where he seems to have rediscovered his best level in every regard. After a stop-start final period at Barça, frutrated by a series of fitness issues, he has played 25 games for Lecce.
He came to Barcelona in 2016 from Olympique Lyon, where he had spent his whole career until then. In his finest years, he and Gerard Piqué formed a fabulous pairing in the middle of the blaugrana defence, and were both automatic starters.
After becoming a world champion with France in 2018, injuries started to interrupt his wonderful progress. He was no longer such a regular feature on the field, and he eventually left for Italy to get more game time.
With two league titles and three cups, Samuel Umtiti is now severing ties completely with Barça, but will be taking away memories as fond as those that the club will have of him.