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Umtiti rubbishes Arsenal transfer rumours

first_imgSamuel Umtiti has rubbished reports suggesting that he had contact with Arsenal over the summer and was a potential bargaining chip in Barcelona’s bid to bring Neymar back to the club.Transfer talk raged around the World Cup winner for much of the last transfer window.It was suggested, having slipped down the pecking order at Camp Nou, that the 25-year-old France international could be on the move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream A switch to the Premier League was mooted, with Arsenal said to be leading the chase for a proven performer at the very highest level.Umtiti, though, claims that a new challenge at Emirates Stadium is not something that he ever considered.“Honestly, I don’t know where this rumour with Arsenal came from,” he told Canal Football Club.“Overnight, I received messages from my friends ‘ah, so you are joining Arsenal?’ I’m not, I’m sorry but I’m staying at Barcelona.“Contacts with Arsenal? To be honest, I don’t know if they had conversations with my agent, I just told him that I didn’t care what was happening this summer and that it wasn’t even necessary to talk to me about it.“It was useless, I was going to have the same answer.“My dream as a child is to play for Barcelona. Last season was the most difficult of my career, especially in terms of injuries.”Samuel Umtiti France World Cup 2018Umtiti was restricted to just 14 appearances across all competitions in 2018-19.A series of niggling knocks prevented him making the impact he had been looking for, with another injury having ruled him out of the latest France squad.With Barca forced into favouring other options, Umtiti was billed as one of those who could be used as a makeweight in Barcelona’s efforts to prise Neymar away from Paris Saint-Germain.The deadline passed with no deal done there and Umtiti is adamant that he was never close to heading back to his homeland.He added: “Exchange coin for Neymar? It’s crazy.“It made me laugh, I don’t even have an answer to where it comes from.”Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have become the go-to centre-half partnership for Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, but Umtiti will be given a chance to compete for more regular game time in 2019-20.last_img read more

Lecture looks at how Canadians and Americans are becoming alike

A renowned author and journalist will visit Brock on Thursday to present a Canadian Studies guest lecture on how Canadians and Americans are becoming more alike.Andrew Cohen, professor of journalism and international affairs at Carleton University, will speak to students and guests on March 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Thistle 325.His talk is entitled, “Our Converging Continental Character: How Canadians and Americans are Becoming More Alike.”The event is free, everyone is welcome to attend and no tickets are required.Cohen is author of the best-selling book While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World and more recently Extraordinary Canadians: Lester B. Pearson. He was also Washington correspondent at the Globe and Mail.In his 30-year career, he also worked at home and abroad for The Ottawa Citizen, United Press International, Time, The Financial Post, Saturday Night and The Globe and Mail, where he was a foreign correspondent in Washington. read more