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Samuel Umtiti joined Lecce on loan at the end of August. The French central defender was loaned for a season by Barça. At 28, the 2018 world champion discovers Serie A. But for the moment, since his arrival in Italy, the former Lyonnais has played no minutes in four games with Lecce. Coach Marco Baroni has decided to wait a while longer for Umtiti to play his first minutes with the Italian club. The Frenchman’s absence is starting to get long for Lecce fans, especially since the club is having a very complicated start to the season in Serie A, with 3 wins and 3 draws. The promoted is currently 17th, one point from the relegation zone.
Umtiti fit after the international break?
The 28-year-old defender may have thought he could finally play against Monza last weekend (1-1), but his coach deemed that he was still too fair and that he still had to continue working to earn his place. in the starting XI. Marco Baroni also spoke about the situation of Umtiti: « I spoke to Samuel, he knows what the situation is. We are working to help him do what he has always done and I can guarantee he is physically fine. Right now he just needs to find a better condition. (…) He has already understood the transition he will have to make to go from the football he played until yesterday with Barcelona to what awaits him in the Italian championship and more precisely in Lecce. Therefore, we are trying to find together this best condition that will allow him to play matches at his level. »
The world champion should again sit on the bench of substitutes this weekend against Salernitana, but could finally start a meeting in Serie A, next October 2, against Cremonese. Good news for the player, but also for Barça, who hope that Umtiti will play a minimum this season, so that he can be sold this summer, and not return to Catalonia.
Samuel Umtiti joined Lecce on loan at the end of August. The French central defender was loaned for a season by Barça. At 28, the 2018 world champion discovers Serie A. The only problem for the moment is that since his arrival in Italy, the former Lyonnais has played no minutes in four games with Lecce.