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New Umtiti release clause set at €500m

Samuel Umtiti has signed his new Barcelona contract, which includes a release clause of €500million.

The France international put pen to paper on the five-year deal on Monday after agreeing terms in the past week.

Part of the reason behind the renewal was Barca's concerns over Umtiti's relatively low buyout clause of €60m, with Manchester United reportedly interested in signing the player.

The loss of Neymar for €222m to Paris Saint-Germain last August exacerbated fears Umtiti could be tempted to leave, just two years after signing from Lyon in a €25m deal.

With that in mind, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the centre-back's release fee has been increased by a whopping €440m.

"We think that, with this clause, nobody will think of coming here to try to take him away," Bartomeu said.

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Umtiti said he was "proud and happy" to have committed his future to the Catalan giants, despite the previous speculation over his future.

"I'm nervous today because this is a dream that continues," he said.

"From the first day, I've felt at home here, and now I want to stay for a long time.

"I'm very happy in the city, in the team and I have everyone's confidence. That's why I'm not going to leave. It's my home."