Ernesto Valverde is convinced Ivan Rakitic won’t leave Barcelona in this summer. The midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in the transfer market and clouds are hovering over his future.
If rumours are to be believed Paris Saint Germain are one of the suitors of the Croatian international and the Catalans have rejected a bid in the tune of €80m recently. Rakitic has been an important part of the proceedings at the Nou Camp and replacing him would be an enormous task for Valverde who is looking forward to make his presence felt in the dugout.
Barcelona are capable of throwing a tough challenge to Real Madrid for the La Liga title and Valverde wants to ensure he has a strong squad at his disposal. “He is a fundamental player for us and I am counting on him due to what he does for us, the importance he had for the team last season was clear.
“I hope that he stays here. I want to have the best players here and he is one of the best. He knows how we play, he is integrated into the team and the club. We are not here to make money from a player, we aim to win and make the trophy room bigger.”