Samuel Umtiti to fight for Barcelona place despite Lyon interest
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Samuel Umtiti to fight for Barcelona place despite Lyon interest

Despite being frozen out of the first team by manager Ronald Koeman, defender Samuel Umtiti is ready to fight for his place at Camp Nou.

Umtiti was one of the players that the club wanted to offload in the summer but a suitor wasn’t found and while admitting that he held talks with Lyon, the defender insisted that he didn’t want to leave the Laliga giants.

"Everything was possible during the transfer window. Lyon is my club and my city. They gave me the opportunity to be seen.

"There were discussions, but it was quick nothing concrete. I had to be able to speak with a club. I'll be honest: Barcelona is Barcelona. I don't want to leave Barcelona and even less like that," he told Canal+.

The 26-year-old hopes that the injuries that have hampered his progress in the last season will be a thing of the past as he looks to return to the team.

"The last two years have been the most complicated of my career. Sometimes I got really sick of it. I relapsed each time, and with different injuries because I was trying to compensate.

"It wasn't a knee problem; it was that I had a total imbalance. I had to start over. I stopped eating meat, fish and milk. I feel better, I sleep better. I have never felt so good physically. My body has also changed. I have lost three kilos. I have recovered. I have never worked so hard. And I'm happy about it," he added.

Umtiti joined Barca from Lyon in 2016 and has made 77 LaLiga appearances for the Catalan giants since then.

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