Of all the journalists for the Catalan sport media, Xavier Bosch usually comes across as one of the most respectable and sensible ones.
With a Mundo Deportivo column in which he usually shares three pieces of wisdom, Bosch is more often than not much calmer on Barcelona related stories, whether they be positive or negative. That can be quite rare in the Catalan media where there’s often the temptation to drag things to extremes.
Unsurprisingly, Bosch isn’t too worried about claims of Manchester City interest in Samuel Umtiti. Correctly, he states they originate from England and points out that Bobby Robson once told him to flick through English newspapers with a ‘raised eyebrow’.
French newspaper L’Equipe covered it this week too, but they made very clear their story was based on claims from The Sun.
Bosch points out he thinks the Manchester City claims are nonsense: ‘I don’t believe it. Beyond the confidence in the happiness of Umtiti at Barça and his tranquility, playing Godfather to Dembélé, I do not believe that Ferran Soriano, who wanted to be president of Barça, Pep Guardiola, the best coach in our history, and Txiki Begiristain are willing to take a crack of Camp Nou without negotiating before. If a year and a half ago they did not want to do it with Messi, now I do not see them able to perpetrate it with Umtiti.’
And that, once again, is some sense from Xavier Bosch.
Umtiti is happy, and Manchester City are hardly going to go to war with Barcelona for the player.