£58.5m-rated Chelsea target drops clear hint over his future at La Liga giants

Croatian star Ivan Rakitic has given the clear indication where his long-term future lies as speculation continues to grow about a potential move away from La Liga side Barcelona.

The 30-year-old midfielder has been at the Camp Nou since 2014, winning three La Liga trophies and one Champions League throughout his time at the club.

But after Blaugrana confirmed the summer landing of Dutch young star Frenkie de Jong, rumours mounted that Ivan would be on his way out, with his game time expected to suffer.

It was also thought Croatia international had a request rejected for a new deal, further making a problem worse. But speaking this week, the player appears to still be interested in staying at the Catalan club,

Rakitic said: “I have three more years on my contract [until 2021]. I want to stay here. I’m flattered that big clubs ask about me, if they do, but I only see myself at Barca. I laugh a little bit in the morning with my coffee when I see [the stories] about my future.”

Ivan’s words may come as a big blow to potential admirers, with Chelsea among the sides thought to be keeping an eye on the star, in spite of their two-window transfer ban.

The Swiss-born Croatian Rakitic, who was instrumental in helping his country to the World Cup final the previous year, has been a regular starter under the likes of Ernesto Valverde and Luis Enrique at Barcelona, and supporters will no doubt be content to hear Ivan has no plans to jump ship just yet.

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