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Barcelona refuse to name Samuel Umtiti return date amid long term injury report

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Kylian Mbappe's links to Real Madrid, Philippe Countinho's woes at the Camp Nou and much more.

Barcelona are refusing to put a timeframe on Samuel Umtiti's recovery from a knee injury amid reports the defender is set for a long-term layoff.

Umtiti has not played since Barca's 2-1 defeat to Leganes on Sept. 26 due to a problem with the cartilage in his left knee.

A story in Diario Sport on Thursday claimed the club are considering surgery to fix the issue because Umtiti has not responded to the course of treatment as expected.

However, sources at the Catalan club told ESPN FC nothing...

Neymar visits Barcelona training ground but confirms he will stay at PSG

All three of Paris Saint-Germain's strike force were on the score-sheet in a comfortable 3-1 win over Angers.

Neymar returned to Barcelona's training ground on Monday to visited his old friends, but the superstar insisted he has no intention of leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian left Barcelona to join PSG in a world record €222 million deal last summer and had been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid in this transfer window. But he said his return to Barcelona for advertising commitments wasn't an indication of his future plans.

"I have a contract with PSG and I will be staying there,"...

Paul Pogba warns France: We are not favourites in World Cup final against Croatia

Paul Pogba insists France are not favourites against Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday in Moscow.

Les Bleus are considered by many as the stronger of the two -- but the French midfielder refutes this status.

"I don't think we are the favourites, It is a World Cup final," he said in a news conference on Thursday. "Croatia are really strong mentally. They came back from a goal down against England. They might have played 90 minutes more than us [due to extra-time in the last three...

Centre-backs Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti star as France reach the final

ESPN's Charlie Gibson is in St Petersburg to take in all the sights and sounds of France's World Cup semifinal win over Belgium.

France are into their third World Cup final in the past six editions after a 1-0 win over Belgium in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday.

Samuel Umtiti's early second-half header proved decisive, and a superb defensive display enabled Didier Deschamps' men to keep star-studded Belgium at bay.

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Les Bleus have done it -- despite moments of doubt in Russia, notably the group stage, the French have navigated their way to the final in Moscow! Incredibly, it feels like they can still improve...

Barcelona to probe Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti roles in Antoine Griezmann decision

Barcelona will speak to Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti over their involvement in Antoine Griezmann's decision to turn them down and renew his contract with Atletico Madrid.

Pique's company produced the documentary in which Griezmann rejected an offer to sign for Barca, while Umtiti publicised the airing of the programme via social media.

Barca had no idea the documentary was being made and were shocked at the manner in which Griezmann's decision was finally revealed after months of talks with the...

 By Mark Rodden

Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti confident in France partnership with Real Madrid's Raphael Varane

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is confident that he can form a good partnership with Real Madrid's Raphael Varane in order to boost France's World Cup prospects.

Club rivals Umtiti, 24, and Varane, 25, look certain to be the first-choice central defensive pairing for France at next month's tournament after Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny was ruled out due to injury.

The duo played together in a 2-2 draw with world champions Germany in November and in a 3-2 defeat against Colombia in March, and Umtiti...