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Samuel Umtiti's New Contract Includes A Ridiculous €500 Million Release Clause

Ryan Sidle

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Samuel Umtiti's New Contract Includes A Ridiculous €500 Million Release Clause

Samuel Umtiti has become the latest in a long line of players who were never going to move to Manchester United and now the central defender has got a whopping huge release clause to make sure it doesn't happen.

Remember that time that Sergio Ramos was definitely going to sign for Manchester United, and then out of nowhere he signed a new contract with Real Madrid.

Then there was the time last season that Cristiano Ronaldo had finally had enough with life at Real Madrid and was going to move back to United. And then he signed a new contract.

Of course there was Gareth Bale dropping the Bernabeu for Old Trafford and oh what's this a new deal for the Welshman?

Not forgetting numerous moves for Wesley Sneijder, Ivan Perisic and Neymar that all seemed to result in new contracts for the players involved and every time with a higher wage, impressive.

So when Samuel Umtiti was linked heavily to Jose Mourinho's side because of his €60 million release clause you just knew the deal would get done, the new contract deal that was.

Today the Frenchman signed the contract and Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed his new release clause saying, "Samuel's new release clause stands at €500 million."

Umtiti signs his new deal. Image: PA Images.
Umtiti signs his new deal. Image: PA Images.

To go from such a low release clause to such a high one is proof of a couple of things, firstly just how for the centre back has come since joining the Camp Nou and how much Barca want to protect themselves from losing him.

Secondly it is proof of how spooked the La Liga champions have been over the loss of Neymar to PSG as his release clause was 'only' the £198 million the French side paid to buy him last summer.

Neymar's departure clearly scared Barca. Image: PA Images
Neymar's departure clearly scared Barca. Image: PA Images

Umtiti signed for the Catalan giants from Lyon in the summer of 2016, before that year's Euros, for a now ridiculous cheap €25 million.

He was a major part of them winning La Liga this season and has just got better and better in his time at the Camp Nou.

He'll be hoping to help lead France to World Cup glory this summer and he can now put to bed the Manchester United rumours, hardly a surprise.

Topics: Football News, Barcelona, Samuel Umtiti, Spain, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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