Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken about the contract situation regarding Barcelona’s star midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Croatian International has been generating interests from various clubs. Inter Milan, PSG, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are some of the clubs being linked with the Croatian playmaker.
This season Rakitic has made 39 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona and has scored five goals for the club with his recent coming against rivals Real Madrid in the El Clasico. Valverde is believed to be a big fan of the Croatian and has asked the board to extend his contract. Some of the senior players like Messi, Suarez and Pique also wants the playmaker to stay at the club. Ivan Rakitic is also rumoured to prefer staying at the club rather than leaving them in the summer. Although, he has demanded a better contract with a good pay hike to consider staying.
Recently President Josep Maria Bartomeu was quoted saying in an interview with Cadena Ser,
“He has a contract with the club until 2021 with an option for the following season. Lately, we have been very focused on talks with Jordi Alba, who is the best left back in the world but we will soon talk with Ivan about a new deal.”
He also added, “We are also focused on the end of this season and preparing for the next one”. Possibly signalling at further recruitment for the squad.
It will be interesting to see if Rakitic stays at the club or decides to move on for a new challenge, especially considering Frenkie DeJong will be joining the Catalan giants in the summer. Will the increase in competition for the midfield places Rakitic might decide to move to another club or a good pay hike will be enough to make him stay? The summer transfer window will come with all the answers to these questions.