Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti has said that he is staying at Camp Nou despite rumours linking him to a move to Arsenal.
The French international has made 98 appearances for the Blaugrana since joining them from Olympique Lyon for a transfer fee of €25 million as stated by Barca’s official site.
Umtiti was linked to a move to Arsenal with the Sun claiming last month that the Gunners were eyeing a loan move for him.
However, the 25-year-old has rubbished these claims. As quoted by Goal.com, Umtiti told Canal Football Club: “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.”