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Rakitic’s wishes fall on deaf ears after contract renewal rejection

Rakitic’s wishes fall on deaf ears after contract renewal rejection

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is not due to receive a contract extension offer, despite his recent comments in the media.

Diario Sport amongst other Spanish reports have claimed that Rakitic is subject to a bid from the Premier League side, who want to agree a deal in principle for the summer.

But the Spanish media outfit have now claimed that Barca are not planning on renewal talks soon.

The Croatian international has been a key figure for the Catalan side since arriving in 2014 and is one of Ernesto Valverde’s most consistent performers.

The rumours of a potential exit for Rakitic come after Frenkie De Jong was signed by Barca and will arrive in summer, coupled with a promise by the club’s board that they will sell three midfielders.

One of those is said to be Denis Suarez,who has joined Arsenal on loan, and Arturo Vidal could be a short term plan for the Catalan club.

“I have always said that I want to stay here (at Barcelona) and I will say it again and again, ” Rakitic said to reporters last week when asked about a fresh deal.

“I’m more than happy here and my intention is to stay even longer. I gave the president a little reminder to see if he could get my renewal going.”

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The Croatian has won four Copa del Rey titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, aswell as three league titles.

Barca, who were held at the weekend by Athletic Bilbao – have a break midweek and will hope to bounce back with a win against Real Valladolid this coming weekend.

With the point against Athletic, Barca sit six points ahead of Real Madrid, who beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 in the Madrid derby.