Barcelona’s Croatian Midfielder Ivan Rakitic has disputed rumors linking him to a move away from the Camp Nou to Inter, declaring himself happy at Barcelona.
The midfield maestro has in recent weeks been strongly linked with a €50 million (£43m/$56m) move to the Italian side.
However, the 31-year-old insists that those claims are baseless as there is nothing in them. He also reiterated that he has no pans to leave the club soon.
“I cannot explain it [the Inter rumors]. I respect the other teams a lot. Inter is a great team and we have played against them this year,” he told Mundo Deportivo .
“I have team-mates there and I respect them but one thing does not take away the other.
“I’m where I want to be and if they think about me it’s because I’m doing things well, but I’m happy at Barca, my family too and the girls are happy. I do not have another thought.
“It is a situation that has not been created by me. I have three years left on my contract and this is the place where I want to be, where I am happy.
“I’m doing things very well here and I have no other thoughts. I can understand the rumors and that everyone has their opinion. I respect it but I’ve never had the thought of leaving.
“With respect towards all the teams [linked with a move for him]. If such a thing comes it fills me with pride because I’m doing it right, nothing more.”
Rakitic also admitted that he couldn’t explain what happened to his side during the spectacular loss to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
The Reds won 4-0 at Anfield to claw back a 3-0 first-leg deficit and reach next month’s final against Tottenham in Madrid.
Despite being at a loss to explain what happened, Rakitic insists the team need to move on quickly ahead of this weekend’s Copa del Rey final against Valencia.
“I wish in half a minute I could explain everything, or in half an hour,” he said. “In sport in general, things happen that you cannot explain.