Rakitic confirms Barca commitment ahead of Chelsea match

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Published on July 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:35s

Rakitic confirms Barca commitment ahead of Chelsea match

Ivan Rakitic is happy to stay at Barcelona despite reported interest from Manchester United

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Rakitic confirms Barca commitment ahead of Chelsea match

TOKYO, JAPAN (JULY 22, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

CROATIAN MIDFIELDER IVAN RAKITIC TRAINING 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA'S CROATIAN MIDFIELDER, IVAN RAKITIC, SAYING: "Does it bother me?

No it doesn't, I have to understand that soccer in general works like that.

In some way it also fills me with pride, because if other teams ask about me, it is because I am doing things really well but, to be truthful, I am very calm like in other years and I am very keen.

I only see myself here and the rest has to be looked at very calmly.

I try to enjoy the soccer, Barca, of everything, of my new teammates, Antoine (Griezmann), Frenkie (de Jong), Neto, to welcome them and try to put together a very strong team and improve from the errors of past years.

We are very keen to have a great season.

Of course I have spoken with the president about various subjects.

I think right now the club has other things to do than to speak about my issues.

The president probably wants the same thing as me which is to have a good team so people can enjoy Barca." STORY: Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has confirmed his desire to stay at the club despite speculation over a summer transfer, with Manchester United a potential destination.

The World Cup runner-up signed for the Catalan side in 2014 but will have increased competition for a place in the first team after the arrival of highly rated Dutch youngster Frenkie de Jong.

Rakitic, whose contract runs until the summer of 2021, said that he treats the speculation as a compliment and he is looking forward to linking up with de Jong in midfield.

Barcelona take on Chelsea in a pre-season match on Tuesday (July 23) in Tokyo, Japan.

(Production: Jack Tarrant)

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