Ivan Rakitic denies Barça exit speculation, remains focused on upcoming campaign

The creative Croatian has denied speculation about his future, after reports suggested he'd be pondering a move away from the Nou Camp following Andre Gomes' big-money move.

Ivan Rakitic denies Barça exit speculation, remains focused on upcoming campaign
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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 28, has publicly stated he's not thinking about leaving the reigning La Liga champions - despite suggestions he'd be thinking about his future after the signing of Valencia's Andre Gomes this week.

The 22-year-old central midfielder, who featured for Portugal during their Euro 2016 win in France this summer, has joined for a whopping £41.7million pound transfer fee - showing they're planning for the future as well as the present day with their summer acquisitions thus far.

Gomes (no.15) on the ball for Portugal during their group stage fixture against Austria. | Photo: Getty
Gomes (no.15) on the ball for Portugal during their group stage fixture against Austria. | Photo: Getty

Rakitic denies reports suggesting he's thinking of leaving

Miquel Sors, who was reportedly one of Rakitic's representatives, fuelled speculation that the Croatian may be thinking about leaving Barca after sending a tweet saying "it's time to go", on the same day that Luis Enrique's side announced they reached an agreement to sign the highly-rated midfielder on a five-year deal.

Rakitic has however, vehemently denied rumours linking him with a move away - instead saying he's focused on the 2016/17 campaign. He tweeted the following:

"Getting ready for the new season and really up for it; by the way, my only agent is Arturo Canales."

Followed by a hashtag reading #ForçaBarça yesterday.

Competition for places continues to intensify

Rakitic, who joined the Spanish giants two years ago, has established himself as a key player with the Catalans - helping them to secure a fantastic treble in his first season, before winning the domestic double last term. He'll be battling with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Arda Turan and Sergi Roberto, as well as midfield duo Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes (both acquired this summer) for a place in the starting XI ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

Rakitic holds the Champions League trophy aloft - after Barca's 3-1 victory over Juventus last year. | Photo: Getty
Rakitic holds the Champions League trophy aloft - after Barca's 3-1 victory over Juventus last year. | Photo: Getty