Ivan Rakitic has also been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea. But his comments yesterday seem to have ended speculation over a January move.
In November Croatian international Ivan Rakitic refused to sign a new deal at his La Liga outfit - despite admitting he is happy at Sevilla. Since then it is no surprise that his name has been linked with several of the biggest players in the market across Europe.
Obviously that includes Premier League outfits. The Croatian has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool - while Chelsea have also been tentatively linked with his services.
In France however the tale has been of Paris Saint-Germain interest in the creative midfielder. With his contract expiring in 2015, Sevilla must be considering cashing in on the player - and with the new president at the La Liga outfit recently intimating that his €40 million release fee would have to be met for him to go anywhere, PSG seem a likely candidate in terms of that potential expenditure:
“Rakitic has a year and a half left at Sevilla, but we are going to extend his contract. If anyone is in a hurry to sign him they already know that his release clause is 40 million euros.”
That interest from the French capital has grown over the past week - with many outlets reporting an apparent interest in snapping up the player in January.
But it seems nobody will be getting him this month.
Rakitic has already intimated he is happy in Seville - where he and has now lived, settled, since 2011.
Yesterday he confirmed that feeling to French media when pressed on the subject of a potential OSG switch. The 25-year-old midfield maestro stated:
"I do not want to talk about transfer. I remain faithful to my course of action. Things are going well for me right now. I want it to continue like this even go even higher. I also see all the rumours at the moment, it makes me proud to see my name associated with that of a club such as Paris SG , but as I have said, it is not me who takes care of this. I do not care. I'm fine here in Seville, fully involved in the project. That's it.”
He went on to announce his pride at captaining his club side and his continued happiness in Seville. This is certainly his firmest denial of a potential move away so far - and a blow to any hopes United or co might have had to bringing in one of La Liga’s star players so far this term.
He may want to move away from Seville at some point in the future - but as for a January move, the chances are slim to none.
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