Tottenham may have just received a blow in their reported chase for Ivan Rakitic as the midfielder has revealed that he is happy to stay at the Camp Nou beyond this summer.
Mundo Deportivo first linked Spurs with a move for Rakitic late last month as they suggested that the midfielder was assessing his options ahead of a possible summer move.
The same publication installed Tottenham as the favourites to land the 32-year-old earlier this week as they claimed that Juventus had withdrawn their interest and that Rakitic’s former club Sevilla were not in a position to afford him.
However, Spanish football journalist, Guillem Balague, suggested recently on his Youtube channel that the Croatian international would prefer to return to Seville.
The 32-year-old has now come out and poured cold water over the speculation by revealing that he is happy to stay at Barcelona in order to honour his contract.
When asked about being linked with a move away from Barca, Rakitic told Sky in Germany: “I’ve got used to it a bit. I’ve been here six years now – so I’ve had six years of this sort of thing.
“I have to try to understand it, to remember that football is not just a sport. There is a bit more to it. We know that, we have to try to understand it – you have a laugh about it sometimes.
“The main thing is that I feel good and I am getting good feedback from the manager and the club.
“I’ve still got a contract, when I sign a contract I always intend to fulfil it, and if that cannot happen for any reason, then we’ll sit down together and talk about it.
“But for the moment, I am very happy here and I am thinking about other stuff.”
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Given that Rakitic only has a year left to run on his contract and that Barcelona seem desperate for cash due to the financial impact of the pandemic, there is no way that the Croatian is still going to be at the club next season. However, I don’t really think he is what we need at the moment and I would prefer us to go after someone like Hojbjerg instead.
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