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Barca star cools Chelsea rumours

5th February 2019, 05:06 by Michael Holland

Chelsea target Ivan Rakitic says he is happy at Barcelona and wants to stay, despite reports linking him with the Blues.

A number of clubs are thought to be interested in the Croatia international, who was a key figure in helping his country reach the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Chelsea are known to be interested, while Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen, but the player says he is happy at the Nou Camp.

"Since I've been here I do not know how many times I've left and I'm back," said the Croat after his side's recent Copa del Rey victory over Sevilla. "I'm more than happy here and my intention is to be here longer.

"The other day I gave the president a little nudge to see if he would start my renewal."

Also Rakitic’s agent, Arturo Canales, has ruled out the possibility of the midfielder leaving in the summer.

"​Ivan leaves Spain in the summer? It’s an impossible scenario," he revealed.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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