Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are having to be patient in their alleged pursuit of Ivan Rakitic, after the Sevilla midfielder revealed plans to hold talks with the Spanish club before making a decision on his future, reports Sky Sports.
The Croatia international has been heavily linked with a January move to the Premier League, after turning in a series of impressive performances in La Liga this term.
Rakitic has scored seven goals in 15 league games in 2013/14, prompting widespread interest in his signature from a host of top European clubs in the mid-season window.
Red Devils boss David Moyes is believed to be keen to bring the 25-year-old to Old Trafford this month, while Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers have both been mooted as admirers.
Sevilla had hoped to tie Rakitic down to a new contract, in bid to deter the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United from making a bid for the player, who - according to the Daily Express - is valued at £33million.
"Now, news does not exist about my future," Rakitic told Sevilla's official website. "I have returned from my holidays and during these dates I did not use the phone.
"I will attend a meeting with the Sevilla directors and speak with calm. After, I will decide the best option for me in all senses."
Rakitic still has 18 months to run on his existing deal at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, meaning it's likely that Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool will have to meet Sevilla's valuation of the midfielder, if they remain serious about signing him.
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