Barcelona, Spain, Jan 10 (EFE).- French defender Samuel Umtiti has penned a contract extension with FC Barcelona that included a salary cut to allow the Catalan giants register new signing Ferran Torres, the club announced Monday.
Torres joined Barcelona from Manchester City earlier this month on a five-year contract. Due to salary budget restraints, however, Barça had not been able to officially register him.
“FC Barcelona and first team player Samuel Umtiti have reached an agreement to extend the latter’s contract until 30 June 2026,” the the club said in a statement.
“The French defender is reducing a part of the salary that he was due to receive in the year and a half remaining on his contract,” the statement read.
The 28-year-old, whose previous contract was to expire in June 2023, has been struggling with left knee issues since 2018.
Umtiti, who was among Barcelona’s highest-paid players, has only played 90 minutes this season. EFE