Croatian international playmaker Ivan Rakitic has dominated the Spanish press in recent weeks following big question marks over his future.
The 26-year-old current contract expires in the summer of 2015, and despite on-going talks of a contract extension, the player and club have yet to put pen-to-paper.
The situation has been well documented throughout Europe, and a number of clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with the star.
Manchester United under new boss Louis Van Gaal are expected to invest heavily this summer, with a big improvement in midfield a top priority for the Red Devils.
Ivan Rakitic certainly fits the bill, and his fast thinking and forward passing style certainly fits in well with the United philosophy of fast, direct football.
With a release clause of €40m, Sevilla are vulnerable to Europe’s biggest clubs poaching their star player for what appears a moderate fee for his outstanding ability.
Sevilla’s sporting director Ramon Rodriguez, however, has appeased supporters’ fears of an exit, and by doing so dashing Man United’s supporters’ hopes of concluding a deal, by claiming that he speaks with Rakitic daily and that the player will sign a new deal shortly.
“I speak with him daily and I know how he’s feeling. He’s going to renew his contract with us and if we renew his contract, it’s not so he’ll leave a week later. We’ve spoken at length about this matter, but if he renews, it’s to stay with us. I don’t see any scenario which involves him leaving.” He said, quoted by Inside Spanish Football.
In 29 La Liga starts this season, Rakitic has notched 12 goals and assisted a further 10, becoming part of an elite group of players to hit double figures in both goals and assists.
Alongside Luka Modric in the Croatian midfield, the Sevilla star is set to have his hands full as his nation open this summer’s World Cup by taking on hosts Brazil on the 12th of June.