Ivan Rakitic’s agent has spoken out about the midfielder’s future at Barcelona amid links to Chelsea.
The Croatia international has been a key part of the club’s success following his move from Sevilla a number of years ago but his place in the starting XI next season has come into question following the signing of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong.
There could be even more competition for a midfield place amid widespread reports that the La Liga giants are leading the race to sign Adrien Rabiot as he is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain come the summer.
Rakitic dominated the front page of Barcelona-based publication Sport seven days ago following reports that the Blues want to lure him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
However, he revealed he is very happy at the Camp Nou at present and he would ideally like to stay for longer.
“Since I’ve been here I do not know how many times I’ve left and I’m back,” said the Croat after his side’s Copa del Rey victory over Sevilla, as reported by Goal. “I’m more than happy here and my intention is to be here longer.
Rakitic’s desire to stay put has since been reiterated by his agent Arturo Canales who has been responding to rumours that PSG as well as Inter Milan are also interested in the 30-year-old.
“It is an impossible scenario to see Ivan leaving Spain in the summer,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport , as reported by Marca.