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From world champion to broken and error-prone - Samuel Umtiti's miserable season


Umtiti penned a new contract in June and then helped France win the World Cup in Russia , cementing his place as one of the finest defenders on the planet.


Now, there are genuine questions over his future in Catalunya, with his fitness and form still a worry, while the club are working on a deal to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax .


Lenglet was not even part of France’s squad which triumphed in Russia, but he has taken advantage of Umtiti’s injury problems to oust him from Ernesto Valverde’s best XI.


That is where he will be sitting on Tuesday when Manchester United come to Camp Nou, as Barcelona look to complete the job they started last week in the north of England and seal their passage to the Champions League semi-finals.


Umtiti was exposed during Barcelona’s topsy-turvy 4-4 draw with Villarreal on April 4, but showed some signs of progress in the 0-0 tie with bottom of the table Huesca at the weekend.


Lenglet has staked his claim to play alongside him and, should Barca sign De Ligt, the Dutchman would need to be guaranteed matches and is the logical third in line.






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