We never considered Rakitic sale, insists Barca sporting director.

Ivan Rakitic in action

Barcelona never considered selling Ivan Rakitic during the summer, says the club's sporting director Pep Segura.

Rakitic, who won the La Liga title with the Catalan club last season, was a key player in the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final at Russia 2018, and was heavily linked with various clubs across Europe including Ligue 1 champions PSG.

"We did not contemplate his exit," Segura told Sport. "We knew that he had an option from a foreign club, but we had no interest in him going.

"In Spanish football, there's a complex weapon with the release clauses. We're the only league with [mandatory] release clauses and the danger [that the clauses are triggered] is there, but neither the club nor player wanted him to leave."

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