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Barcelona address Ivan Rakitic rumours

Barcelona address Ivan Rakitic rumours
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Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura denies that the Spanish champions were prepared to sell Ivan Rakitic during the summer.

Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura has firmly denied suggestions that the Spanish champions were prepared to sell Ivan Rakitic during the summer transfer window.

Rakitic, who helped Croatia reach the final of the 2018 World Cup, has a contract with Barcelona until 2021 but was strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer.

Segura has confirmed that "a foreign club" made an approach for Rakitic, but Barcelona were never interested in selling the 30-year-old due to his importance to the team.

"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 a 2014 move from Sevilla.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona16104246192734
2Sevilla1694329161331
3Atletico MadridAtletico1687124121231
4Real Madrid169252419529
5Real Betis167451918125
6AlavesAlaves167451817125
7Getafe166641712524
8Levante166462730-322
9GironaGirona165651719-221
10Celta Vigo165652824421
11Espanyol166371823-521
12Real Valladolid165561518-320
13EibarEibar165562024-420
14Valencia1631031313019
15Real Sociedad165471819-119
16Leganes164661519-418
17Villarreal163671721-415
18Athletic Bilbao162951523-815
19Rayo Vallecano1624101531-1610
20Huesca1615101432-188

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