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Espanyol midfielder Darder says Umtiti needs to leave Barcelona

Espanyol midfielder Sergi Darder says Samuel Umtiti needs to leave Barcelona.

The pair played together at Olympique Lyon.

"People see the player who has struggled the past two years, but talk to people at Barcelona -- I have friends there -- and they see him train and they say he is at the level he was at before," Darder said.

"The thing is: once you have that label, it's hard. Once you have that label? Go, because you won't get rid of it."

On if he still sees Umtiti, he added: "The Barcelona-Espanyol rivalry means you can't meet up much... he has his life and I have mine, but we do speak. He's having a difficult time of it now, but he's very, very good."


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