In an interview with reporters on January 5th, Lecce Chairman Damiani said,
The introduction of Umtiti this summer is to strengthen the team, never for marketing.
Damiani said: "When Umtiti joined Lecce, many people said that this was a marketing signing, but for a long time, the sports director and I have tried to explain the introduction of Umtiti to everyone.
Mtiti is entirely to meet the team’s technical and tactical needs, to strengthen the team’s strength, and we have seized an excellent opportunity."
"Umtiti needs to find his form in a quiet environment. He always focuses on the court itself. Thanks to this period of training, his physical condition has recovered to a great level."