Samuel Umtiti discusses Arsenal rumours and bursts out laughing at Alexandre Lacazettes transfer plea
Gunners boss Unai Emery was eager to strengthen his defence during the transfer window and eventually brought in David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8million deal on deadline day.
Arsenal had been linked with a move for Umtiti – among a number of other top centre-backs – but the France international says, to his knowledge, there was never anything of substance to the rumours.
In a sit-down interview with Canal Football Club on Sunday, Umtiti was shown a clip of old Lyon teammate Lacazette trying to set up a reunion at Arsenal, but only burst out laughing.
Honestly, I dont know where this rumour with Arsenal came from, he said in response to the video.
Overnight, I received messages from my friends saying, “Ah, so you are joining Arsenal?” Im not, Im sorry but Im staying at Barcelona.
Probed further on whether there had been contact with Arsenal, Umtiti continued: To be honest, I dont know if they had conversations with my agent, I just told him that I didnt care what was happening this summer and that it wasnt even necessary to talk to me about it.
It was useless, I was going to have the same answer. My dream as a child is to play for Barcelona. Last season was the most difficult of my career, especially in terms of injuries.