Forgotten World Cup winner Barcelona can’t sell will earn a fortune until 2023

From lifting aloft the World Cup in 2018 to now being ridiculed by rival clubs, it's been quite the fall from grace from Barcelona outcast Samuel Umtiti.

The French defender played his first minutes of the season in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Osasuna having fallen down the pecking order and seen his Barca career become something of a farce.

Having joined the La Liga giants from Lyon back for a fee in the region of £20million back in 2016, Umtiti has seen injuries ravage the last four years of his Nou Camp stay in particular.

The centre-back was booed by fans after refusing to leave the cash-strapped Catalan club amid the Lionel Messi fiasco this summer and now it appears Barcelona can't even give him away.

According to SPORT, a representative of the club was met with a snigger and the response of "Is the Umtiti thing a joke?" as Barcelona offered the defender during discussions with an unnamed European team.

The Spanish outlet report that Barca consider Umtiti "a former player" and are desperate to get him off their books, but are struggling to find any takers.

The 28-year-old, who is under contract until 2023, is believed to be one of the club's highest earners and his hefty wages are proving to continually be a stumbling block in Barca's efforts to offload him.

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Reports in Spain claim clubs are refusing to consider signing the defender as they simply "cannot pay him a tenth of what he earns at the Nou Camp".

Club manager Xavi reportedly fielded Umtiti in Barca's last La Liga fixture, primarily with the intention of putting him in the transfer shop window as January edges ever closer, however the former Lyon man is reportedly adamant he wants to stay.

While Barca remain frustrated over Umtiti's refusal to budge, the Frenchman was himself seen letting his emotions get the better of him recently as he confronted rowdy Barca fans who climbed on his car.

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