Sevilla to tie down Rakitic

  • By: Francisco Acedo & Mark Kendall
  • Last Updated: February 19 2014, 10:05 GMT

Sevilla president Jose Castro claims the club have reached agreement with their talismanic captain Ivan Rakitic over a new contract.

Ivan Rakitic: Set to sign new deal
Ivan Rakitic: Set to sign new deal

A host of clubs had been keeping close tabs on the 25-year-old Croatia international, who has had a brilliant campaign with Sevilla this term.

Ivan Rakitic

4. Ivan Rakitic

Title Number
Appearances 25 (6)
Goals 5
Assists 2
Yellows 4
Reds 0
*Current Season

Rakitic's current deal is due to expire next year, but Castro says that will now be extended.

"It is an important negotiation. We've already had two meetings and I believe we've come to a friendly agreement," Castro told Estadio Deportivo.

"Both Rakitic and Sevilla have made a big effort to reach this agreement.

"I don't think there will be any problems in signing the contract in the next few days, one or two details are missing, but the agreement will undoubtedly reach a good conclusion.

"The agreement is clear, we have reached an understanding. There are details to refine but they will not stop Ivan from signing a contract for the next few seasons."