Umtiti flattered by Real Madrid interest

The defender has caught the attention of the Champions League holders and would be open to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu

Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti feels flattered that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on him, but the youngster remains focused on his current club for now.

The 21-year-old has been in sublime form for Lyon so far this season and his fine performances have not gone unnoticed in the Spanish capital.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti reportedly sees the left-back as a useful addition to his defence and Umtiti has admitted that it could prove to be difficult to turn down a move to the Santiago Bernabeu side if they were to step up their interest on deadline day, even though he is happy at the Ligue 1 leaders.

“I don’t pay too much attention to what the press say, but I have heard about Madrid’s interest and it is rather flattering,” Umtiti told reporters.

“It gives me strength and shows that my good work does not go unnoticed.

“But I still have some important goals here at Lyon. I am feeling great here and that is the most important for me.”

Umtiti – who has made 26 appearances in all competitions for Lyon this term – has a contract until June 2017 at Stade Gerland.

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