‘I’m more than happy here and my intention is to be here longer’: Ivan Rakitic dismisses potential Barcelona exit… and reveals he has ‘nudged’ president to begin contract extension
- Ivan Rakitic has played down speculation linking him with a Barcelona exit
- Spanish reports claim the Croatian midfielder is a summer target for Chelsea
- But Rakitic has insisted he wants to stay at Barcelona and extend his contract
- He said: ‘I am more than happy here and my intention is to be here longer’
Ivan Rakitic has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Barcelona and insisted he wants to open talks with the club about extending his contract.
The midfielder has become accustomed to dealing with speculation over his future in recent years and moved to rubbish the latest reports suggesting he could be heading to Chelsea in the summer.
Rakitic, who has been an integral part of Barcelona’s success since joining five years ago, has again played down talk of an exit and hinted that he intends to stay at Barcelona for the foreseeable future.
Ivan Rakitic has dismissed a potential Barcelona exit and insisted he wants to renew his deal
The midfielder scored as Barcelona thumped Sevilla to advance to Copa del Rey semi-finals
‘Since I’ve been here I do not know how many times I’ve left and I’m back,’ he said after Wednesday evening’s Copa del Rey victory over Sevilla.
‘I’m more than happy here and my intention is to be here longer. The other day I gave the president a little nudge to see if he would start my renewal.’
Reports in Spain emerged this week claiming Rakitic is a potential target for Chelsea in the summer following the £65million acquisition of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax.
Rakitic has been linked with a summer move to Chelsea but insists he doesn’t want to leave
However, the Croatian international is understood to be confident of playing a significant role despite the arrival of the highly-rated De Jong.
The midfielder got his name on the scoresheet on Wednesday night to help Barcelona overturn a two-goal deficit against Sevilla and qualify for the Copa del Rey semi-final.
In other transfer news, Barcelona have just completed the loan signing of Sao Paulo forward Gabriel Novaes and have an option to buy the 19-year-old Brazilian permanently while Denis Suarez is near to finalising his move to Arsenal.