Umtiti: ‘Barca would be great’

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Lyon centre-back Samuel Umtiti, who is already looking ahead to a new chapter in his career.

The Lyon Cameroon-born defender has represented France at every youth level and is currently with the French squad at Euro 2016, although he has not yet taken part in the tournament as boss Didier Deschamps has preferred the pairing of Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny.

Nonetheless, following the exits of Marc Bartra and Dani Alves, Barca are on the verge of making their first official signing of the summer, with the agreement practically complete, and Umtiti could not hide his delight at the thought of

signing a five-year deal with the Catalans.

“Barcelona is a great club and almost every player would like to play there,” he told reporters.

“I’m coping with all the rumours well and I’m happy to be here at Euro 2016, where I’m taking advantage of every moment.

“Right now my future is being handled by my representatives. I’m not too distracted by it though as I’m focused on this competition,” he insisted.

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