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.
According to the latest reports Spanish heavyweights, Real Madrid are ending their interest in Chelsea star Eden Hazard, a move to Los Blancos is Hazard’s dream, the latest reports say.
According to a Spanish sport newspaper Marca, a host of circumstances – including the Blues’ recent transfer ban have seen a transfer to the Galacticos for Hazard look extremely unlikely, for now at least.
The west London giants received a two-window transfer ban from FIFA for a ‘systematic’ and ‘serious’ breach of the rules, over the signing of youngsters under the age of 18.
It’s understood that the Blues will appeal the decision – this will allow Roman Abramovich’s club to sign players in the summer market before the suspension kicks in.
Los Blancos aren’t keen on making a move for the 28-year-old star whilst Chelsea are serving the transfer ban as they feel that it’s not likely that Chelsea will part company with their key man if they aren’t able to secure the landing of a replacement.
Real Madrid are unwilling to make a move as Santiago Solari’s men have seen the spectacular rise of Vinicius Junior recently, the Spanish outfit will also add another Brazilian forward to their ranks in the summer window – Rodrygo will join the La Liga club.
They don’t have too much panic about in their chase for Eden, as the player has went on record to reveal that a move to Real Madrid would be a ‘dream’ – Los Blancos should realise that they can sign him easily.
Chelsea are reportedly lining up an offer for Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani in the summer transfer window, in spite of him being aged 32.