Umtiti ‘very happy’ at Barcelona amid Manchester United links

Samuel Umtiti is aware of interest from Manchester United and other clubs in Europe but the Barcelona centre-back said he is “very happy” at the La Liga leaders.

Umtiti is believed to be a top target for Jose Mourinho and United as the 24-year-old France international reportedly pushes for a new contract at Barca.

Asked about links to United, Umtiti – who revealed discussions over a new Barca deal have not started – told Canal+: “There is interest from several clubs but, I said it again, I have so many objectives to reach with Barcelona that for the moment the question does not arise.

“In this world, it goes very fast. But what I can say is that I am very happy.”

“My future is a subject that I don’t want to talk about too much,” he added. “I haven’t started anything yet. Maybe there is an interest from Barca [for an extension], but nothing has started.”

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Umtiti’s buyout clause is set at €60 million, making him an appealing target for clubs throughout Europe.

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“A payout clause does not mean much, everyone is aware of it,” Umtiti said.

“It concerns me, but it does not interest me. I am interested by [what I do on] the pitch and have fun.”

Umtiti has made 22 La Liga appearances as Barca top the standings, and 34 in all competitions ahead of the club’s Champions League quarter-final showdown with Roma.

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