Barcelona confirmed this evening that they have reached an agreement with Ivan Rakitic to extand the midfielder's contract until 30 June 2021. In a statement, the club added that Rakitic's buy-out clause has been hiked by 25 million euros to 125 million euros. Rakitic's previous contract was due to expire in June 2019.
The midfielder will sign his new contract at the Camp Nou offices on Friday at 13:00 hours.
Rakitic's difficult season
It hasn't been an easy few months for Rakitic, who enjoyed a blistering start before fading then disappearing completely from Luis Enrique's starting XI following December's Clásico. The Croatian was far from his best level and his sporadic appearances prompted rumours that he might leave Barça in thye summer. Since then, he has worked on his fitness and the results have been clear to see in his recent games. The player denied the possibility of him joining Manchester City during the winter transfer window, instead, stating that his intention was to renew with Barcelona. Luis Enrique's announcement that he will not be continuing at Camp Nou next season has not affected Rakitic's decision or negociations which dragged on for several months until Barça decided to issue a statement this evening.
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