11 Jan 2022 | 07:31 | Football
The French midfielder accepted a salary reduction in the contract he just signed with Barcelona.
On the evening of January 10 (Hanoi time), the homepage of the Barcelona club announced to extend the contract with Samuel Umtiti until 2026. Also according to the Camp Nou team, the French midfielder will reduce part of his income in the new contract. . This gives the Blaugrana enough space in the salary fund to sign rookie Ferran Torres into the main squad.
“Barcelona is grateful to Umtiti for the love he has for the club. Through Umtiti’s extension, Torres will be able to play for Barca in the coming matches,” the Catalan team said.
Umtiti extended his contract until 2026, but his income as of June 2023 was the same as the old contract. Over the next 18 months, he will receive a total of 18 million euros.
The French midfielder agreed to reduce 10% of the above amount, equally divided among the remaining 4.5 seasons. Accordingly, each season Barca only has to pay the player born in 1993 the amount of 3.6 million euros.
Umtiti was once a bright star in Barca’s defense. However, the performance of the player born in 1993 declined after he and France won the 2018 World Cup. In the past 4 years, the former Lyon player only had 30 main kicks in La Liga.
Umtiti was contacted by many teams in Turkey and France during the transfer window, but he refused. The reigning World Cup champion claims he only plays for clubs that have tickets to the Champions League.
In 2018, when the French team won the World Cup, Umtiti was valued at 75 million euros. That was also the time when the French player got the main kick in the Barca shirt. After a decline in performance since then, Umtiti is only valued at Transfermarkt at about 2.15 million euros by Transfermarkt .