Samuel Umtiti durante un partido del Lecce


"I spent four years in prison...": Samuel Umtiti 'charges' against Barça

Published:25/05/2023 - 22:44h

Updated:27/05/2023 - 19:11h

In some recent statements, Samuel Umtiti exploded when remembering his time at FC Barcelona and, also, his experiences in Barcelona. The Frenchman did not live the best stage of his life and he felt in a prison

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The stay of Samuel Umtiti in the City Condal was not ideal after they confirmed his problems in the knee, of which did not want to operate. Since, the central was a 'fixed' in the bench without mattering the trainer; Ernesto Valverde, Quique Setién, Ronald Koeman and Xavi Hernández 'happened' of him and during the summer of 2022 decided to leave.

Right now it is yielded in the US Lecce, where has gone back to feel footballer and "useful". It has gone back to be a regular player, with opportunities and that fulfils constantly, but when remembering his go through the Barcelona group no everything is positive. In some recent statements to 'channel +' recognised that it felt in a prison no only in the sportive.

The statements more 'hard' of Umtiti

In the FC Barcelona "the only that needed was to feel me appreciated, useful and respected. In Catalonia happened four years in prison, no only to sportive level, but also in the daily life", recognised the current footballer of the Lecce. In his stage like Barcelona, contested a total of 133 parties (two goals and an assistance) in 10.769 minutes... In six seasons. It happened to play 43 and 40 clashes in his first two years to 15,18,16 and a party before leaving (2021-22).

The injuries punished notably to the born player in Yaundé and caused that it felt , practically, descartado because any of the trainers trusted he: "At the beginning, after my mudanza to Spain, felt me appreciated and played to a good level. Then I began to feel distrust, felt me badly and darse that already anybody believed in me".

Radical change in Italy

From his arrival to Apulia all has changed, as it has confessed. It has gone back to enjoy and feel important: "it Was a challenge for me. I know well that save, in these earths, voucher like a championship. It is well, because here I found my smile again and am appreciated with the society therefore", began explaining. "I want to follow feeling me well, attained it in Italy. It loves me the language, the food and the fashion", said on the option to remain in Italy.

In spite of this, has not done plans of face to the future, although it has been related with his permanence in Italy or a movement to the Olympique of Lyon: "Now only I think in avoiding the descent. It does some time, my fellow Lacazette came to see me and think that, before withdrawing us, would be well play a bit more together".

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