Sevilla dismiss Real Madrid interest in Ivan Rakitic

Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Rayo Vallecano during their La Liga match on September 25, 2013
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Sevilla insists that he knows nothing about Real Madrid's supposed interest in Ivan Rakitic and hopes that the Croatian will extend his contract at the Andalusian club.

Sevilla president Jose Castro has denied interest from Real Madrid in Ivan Rakitic and is hopeful that the playmaker will soon sign a new deal at the club.

Los Blancos are believed to have joined the race for the 26-year-old, who is apparently a target of clubs across Europe, including Premier League leaders Liverpool.

However, Sevilla have been firm in insisting that they will not be forced to sell the Croatian, and that remains the case even now that Madrid are seemingly in the picture, with Castro stressing that Rakitic is happy in Andalusia and close to extending his contract there.

He told Radio Cadena COPE: "I do not know anything about interest from Real Madrid.

"I hope that in the next week we will sit down again with Ivan and his brother and close a deal. I'm confident that Ivan will extend his contract because there is no reason to believe otherwise.

"He is happy in Seville, as are his wife and daughter. He has said that many times so I really believe that soon we will reach an agreement."

Rakitic has scored 12 goals in 39 appearances for Sevilla this season.

Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Rayo Vallecano during their La Liga match on September 25, 2013
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