‘No need to sell Rakitic’

Sevilla President Jose Castro says his club have no need to sell star player Ivan Rakitic.

The Croatian had an impressive season for the Andalusians, helping them win the Europa League, and this has attracted the interest of several of Europe’s top clubs.

However, speaking to Sevilla’s television station, the Rojiblancos chief insisted that the club are calm about the situation and that Rakitic would only be allowed to leave on their terms.

“The last offer we made to Rakitic was a significant percentage of our total budget,” Castro said. “We made this offer because we want him to sign.

“We want to make sure that he stays, not that he leaves. We want the team to be strong and for all Sevillistas to enjoy it.

“We won’t make anyone stay who doesn’t want to be at Sevilla. Anyone who wants to walk through the door can do it, though it has to be at our price.

“We are relaxed and we have no need to sell.”

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