Barcelona "Did Not Contemplate" Selling Rakitic

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Barcelona never had any desire to sell Ivan Rakitic in pre-season despite reports to the contrary, according to the club's sporting director Pep Segura.

Rakitic played a starring role as Croatia reached the World Cup final at Russia 2018, and his performances prompted apparent interest from some other big clubs.

Paris Saint-Germain were reported to be particularly keen on the 30-year-old, with speculation suggesting they were willing to trigger his €125million release clause.

 

There were even murmurings of Barca being open to selling the midfielder given his age and the fact he was criticised for some below-par performances last season.

Segura is adamant such claims were nonsense, though he conceded Rakitic did have an offer from a club outside of LaLiga.

"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."