FC Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic is confident he will get a new contract after he decided to stay at the club. The Croatian also revealed he snubbed an offer to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 summer transfer window.
Rakitic expects for a new contract after the midfielder decided to stay at Camp Nou.
The midfielder was one of the targets for PSG this summer, as they look to strengthen their midfield. With FC Barcelona adding two more mid-fielders to their squad (Arthur and Arturo Vidal), it was likely for Rakitic to leave.
However, the Croatian star has decided to take on the challenge and keep playing for the La Liga champions. Rakic told The Sport,
“It’s something that I’ve already spoken to the club about, before and during the World Cup. t’ll arrive soon, but there’s no rush. I know that the club looks after its players well and I’m confident the ‘presi’ will call me soon.”
Ivan also revealed he was never close to trading La Liga for Ligue 1. However, he did consider an offer from PSG; he was always determined to stay at Camp Nou.
“I listened to my wife, and my heart and I realised that I’m very privileged to wear Barcelona’s shirt. To defend this badge is the greatest honour. There isn’t a team in the world who could give me more unless it’s money. My eldest child has been at their school for two years, and she has her friends. The youngest is about to start preschool. We’re very happy here, and in that regard, it was a very easy decision to make. I’m proud to continue at Barca.”
However, FC Barcelona never pushed Rakitic into deciding something out of the track. He was never an unwanted member in the squad, and an offer from PSG didn’t change anything either.
“If that had been the case, then we would’ve talked. We’d need to see what was best for everyone and if the club had approached it that way, then maybe my reaction would’ve been different.”
Barcelona will play their 3rd La Liga game on Sunday against the newly promoted side, Huesca.