Sun 03 July 2022 | 13:29

Rennes Boss Bruno Genesio Would Welcome a Reunion with Umtiti

Umtiti joined Barca from Lyon in the summer of 2026 with a contract worth € 25 million, but has been sidelined with various injuries for the past three years and has not been a useful player for the Blaugrana.

Meanwhile, the former Umtiti’s coach at Lyon,


, admitted he would welcome a reunion with the “high-level defender” in his new side, Rennes has been linked with a move for the



"Sam is a player I know perfectly well,"

Genesio stated.

"I trained him as a youth player and then in the Lyon first team. That creates a bond.

"You all know his history, his qualities [and] the setbacks he had last year. But he is still a high-level player, and we are interested in high-level players."


On the other players Rennes could sign in the coming weeks, the French coach added:

"I want to have sports guarantees. We just had a very good season. To continue, we need a quality group.

"I needed to have a lot of answers in the backbone of the team that we were going to be able to maintain and what we were able to do in terms of reinforcements."


, whose last deal was due to expire in 2023, attracted the attention of many clubs, including Newcastle United. Barca, however, convinced him to put pen to paper for another deal with a temporary pay decrease that allowed Ferran Torres to be registered. Whether he was supposed to have his involvement increased remains to be seen.



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