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Barcelona defender Umtiti: Friends asked 'Are you joining Arsenal?'

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti denies he had contact with Arsenal over the summer.

Umtiti, 25, was linked with a move to the Emirates before the Gunners signed David Luiz and was also rumoured to be a potential makeweight in Barca's bid for Neymar.

"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."

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