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Barcelona Chief Josep Maria Bartomeu Fires Warning to Arsenal Over Rumoured Samuel Umtiti Deal

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that Arsenal's transfer target Samuel Umtiti remains part of their long-term plans at Camp Nou.

But Barcelona's hierarchy appear adamant Umtiti will stay alongside his compatriots Lenglet and  Jean-Clair Todibo as defensive options for manager Ernesto Valverde next season.

Despite links which have seen Arsenal Bartomeu is adamant there are no plans to let the defender leave  Barcelona this summer.

Barcelona could still look to add further reinforcements to their defence at the end of the season as they continue to keep tabs on Ajax captain

He renewed him before the World Cup, he has four years left on his contract and there is no Umtiti issue," Bartomeu told TVE (via  Metro Now he has to recover from his injury as we want to have him in the best form possible.

Having Umtiti and [ ] Lenglet on the left [side of central defence] is a guarantee and I would like him to continue."

The France international has been heavily linked with a move away from Catalonia following a handful of injuries, even though he only signed a new contract at the start of the season.
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