Loaned to Lecce this season, Samuel Umtiti would finally like to see the end of the tunnel. The French international (31 caps, 4 goals) only played one La Liga game last season. And he is coming out of several years marked by injuries since the World Cup won with the Blues in 2018 (only 49 matches played). It is moreover for “rediscovering the pleasure of playing football” that the 28-year-old central defender joined the promoted in Serie A.
“I come out of complicated years, very complicated. I want to rediscover the pleasure of playing football, supported the former Lyonnais at the microphone of Sky Sport. I only want to play football, talk about football, eat football, that’s what drives me. I hope we will have a great season with Lecce,” he then underlined after being greeted by jubilant supporters on Thursday evening, a few hours after the announcement of his loan until June 2023.
“I am looking for a lot of tranquility and humble people to be able to work in complete serenity”
“Directly, I knew it was the club I needed, they found the right words. I am looking for a lot of tranquility and humble people to be able to work in complete serenity »added Umtiti, who is under contract with the Catalan club until 2026.