Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura has firmly denied suggestions that Ivan Rakitic will be sold
during the summer transfer window.
Rakitic, helped Croatia reach the final of the FIFA 2018 World Cup, but has been linked to French
champions PSG despite having with Barcelona until 2021.
Segura hconfirmed that “a foreign club” made an approach for Rakitic, but Barcelona were never
interested in selling the 30-year-old due to his relevance.
“We did not contemplate his exit,” Segura told Sport. “We knew that he had an option from a foreign
club, but we had no interest in him going.
“In Spanish football, there’s a complex weapon with the release clauses. We’re the only league with
[mandatory] release clauses and the danger [that the clauses are triggered] is there, but neither the
club nor player wanted him to leave.”
Rakitic has made over 200 appearances for Barcelona since joining in 2014 move from Sevilla.