“I want to stay at Barça for years to come.” Ivan Rakitic made his intentions clear when he collected the prize for the best team player at the Mundo Deportivo’s Grand Gala. “We are negotiating and I hope that it will be sorted out as soon as possible," highlighted the Croatian midfielder.

Rakitic also spoke about Luis Enrique saying, “I would like him to stay, he knows me well and he signed me. I am here because of him and I am very thankful.” On the subject of settling in at the Club, Barça’s number ‘4’ said: “When you arrive here you have to adapt, each player has their own way of playing. The three upfront are from another world and we enjoy watching them play, if the rest of us can help make them even better then we are happy to do so.”

Robert Fernández: 'I am positive Leo Messi will stay'

FC Barcelona’s Technical Secretary, Robert Fernández, spoke about Messi’s contract renewal: “It is going well. I am very calm as I also was with Mascherano, Busquets, Suárez or Neymar before and with Iniesta and Ter Stegen, as well as Messi, now. We are working on it and I am sure all of them will stay at Barça.”
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