‘I am sure that I will be in Barcelona longer’: Ivan Rakitic rules out Premier League switch amid interest from Manchester United and Spurs and insists he wants to see out the final year of his contract at the Nou Camp
- Ivan Rakitic has attracted interest from a number of clubs around Europe
- The midfielder says he is settled at Barcelona and has no intention of leaving
- Rakitic is likely to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2021
- The Croatia star has admitted his frustration at a lack of playing time in Spain
Ivan Rakitic has revealed that he will stay at Barcelona this summer despite interest from the Premier League and around Europe.
Manchester United, Tottenham, Juventus, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs to have been linked with a move for the Croatia star.
But despite falling down the pecking order at the Nou Camp and hinting at a move away, Rakitic insists he has no intention of leaving Barca when the transfer window reopens.
Ivan Rakitic, pictured in Barcelona training last month, says he wants to stay at the Nou Camp
The midfielder has just over a year left on his current contract and now looks set to depart on a free transfer at the end of next season.
‘I spoke to the club 10 or 15 days ago and the conclusion is that I have nothing to talk about because I have a contract until the summer of 2021 with Barcelona and it is the entity I want to be in and play with, he told Croatian publication Tportal.
‘Furthermore, my wife and my daughters are good in the city. There is no reason to think about other things. I am training well and I am sure that Rakitic will be in Barcelona longer.’
The midfielder says he will see out the rest of his contract, which expires next summer
Despite making 31 appearances in all competitions this season, Rakitic has been on the fringes of the first team for the last year.
He admits that his lack of minutes been frustrating, but insists that he has no issues with manager Quique Setien.
‘It is not nice when you do not play, especially when you do not understand why and they do not explain the reasons,’ said Rakitic.
‘But I respect the coach’s decisions. I am in a team sport, not individual.’
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