The French defender was hopeful of moving back to Ligue 1
After several unsuccessful transfer windows trying, Barça finally managed to find a way out for Samuel Umtiti this summer. His high salary and questionable physical condition made it difficult for the Blaugrana to find him a new team. The option of Lecce, recently promoted to Serie A, was on the table and the Frenchman headed to Italy for a season on loan.
Despite receiving the interest of some French teams and the footballer's desire to return to his native country, the French route did not end up getting the green light. One of the teams that could have acquired his services on loan was Rennes.
Their coach, Bruno Genesio, spoke to RMC where he explained the reasons that inclined his club to reject the signing of the defender. Asked if there were any doubts about his physical condition, he acknowledged "yes, it was a bit like that."
In the same way, the French coach, who spent a season with Umtiti at Olympique de Lyon, said he was convinced that he could "take him back to his best level because he is a boy I know very well, he is a great worker and there is no reason why he could not rediscover a good level.”
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