'I don't know where this rumour comes from' - Umtiti rubbishes Arsenal reports

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Samuel Umtiti has firmly denied talk of him potentially joining Arsenal and that he was used as a bargaining chip in Barcelona's bid to re-sign Neymar.

The France global was heavily linked with a switch to north London during the transfer window after falling behind compatriot Clement Lenglet in the Barcelona pecking order.

Umtiti was restricted to just 14 appearances across all competitions in 2018-19.

Umtiti has not featured for Barca since the La Liga season kicked off last month with Clement Lenglet laying claim to the center back position.

Umtiti was linked with a summer move to Arsenal so regularly that Unai Emery was even asked directly about his thoughts on the centre-half.

It was revealed in Spanish press that Barcelona had included a clause in his contract, one he signed in 2017, that he could walk away from the club at the end of every season after the 2019/20 campaign.

He told Canal Football Club: "Honestly, I don't know where this rumour with Arsenal came from".

'In a single day, I obtained messages from my associates saying, "Ah, so you are joining Arsenal?".

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"Despite the poor results, I'm enjoying Valverde's approach of using some young talented players from La Masia".

'My dream as a child is to play for Barcelona. Last season was the most hard of my career, especially in terms of injuries'.

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Injury restricted Umiti to just 15 appearances in all competitions last season, while further problems have ruled him out of the France squad for the latest round of global fixtures.

"Exchange myself plus coin for Neymar?"

"Everyone has their wish list, but if you look at the way Leo and Cristiano are still playing, even at what you might think is the later stage of their careers, I don't see it ending for them", Becks said.

The 25-year-old World Cup-winner has yet to play for Barca in La Liga this season, watching from the bench as they dropped five points in their first three games.

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