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Josep Maria Bartomeu: 'Ivan Rakitic contract talks on hold'

Bartomeu: 'Rakitic contract talks on hold'
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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says that Ivan Rakitic will not be signing a new contract this season.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that Ivan Rakitic will not be signing a new contract this season despite recent comments from the Croatian international.

Rakitic's current deal runs until the summer of 2021, but it is understood that the midfielder is looking for improved terms having reportedly turned down a move to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer.

Indeed, the 30-year-old recently committed himself to the Spanish giants, and claimed last month that he is on the verge of penning a fresh contract.

However, Bartomeu has revealed that Rakitic will have to wait if he wishes to sign a new deal.

"For this campaign, we will not be able to go through with the gesture that Rakitic is asking of us," Bartomeu told Onda Cero. "Next season we can look at it in relation to new revenue."

Rakitic has made over 200 appearances for Barcelona since a 2014 move from Sevilla.


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