Barcelona have claimed they never had any intention to sell Ivan Rakitic in the summer, despite reports to the contrary.
Both Liverpool and Manchester United were linked with the Croatia schemer, but the La Liga club’s sporting director Pep Segura say they were never going to sell the 30-year-old.
Diario Sport claimed Barce were contemplating selling the midfielder to the English pair after his World Cup performances prompted reported interest from some other big clubs.
Paris Saint-Germain were also believed to be ready to meet his €125million release clause.
Segura though says Rakitic was noever going to be sold , despite receiving an offer from a club outside of Spain.
“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.”
Post World Cup Rakitic spoke about the speculation and admitted he never wanted to leave Catalonia.
He was part of the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final over the summer and a lot of that team were naturally linked with moves away from their clubs.
“I read rumors about my transfer from Barcelona, there were offers, some big clubs wanted me but honestly, I spoke to my wife and we made a conclusion that I am happy here and proud to be part of this big club,” Rakitic told Novi list.