Man United and Man City target Ivan Rakitic has vowed to stay at Barcelona 'forever'
It is claimed Rakitic was the subject of a £35million bid from United after Jose Mourinho identified him as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick – but the bid was rejected.
Pep Guardiola was keen on bringing Rakitic to Man City
While reports in Croatia claimed City were on the verge of securing a deal for the midfielder earlier this month.
However, Rakitic has moved to end speculation linking him with a move away from Barcelona by insisting that talks over a new deal are ongoing and he wants to remain at the Nou Camp 'forever'.
Rakitic is locked in negotiations over a contract extension at Barcelona
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"My dream is to stay here forever. The [club] president and my representative Arturo Canales are in talks to reach the best thing for both [parties]," Rakitic told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
"I have not been able to reject any offer because we are talking. I trust that I will stay – I trust in the president and in my representative Arturo Canales, who are in talks."
Rakitic has scored three times in 25 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona this season.