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."