Manchester United and Chelsea have suffered a blow in their alleged pursuit of Ivan Rakitic, after the Croatian playmaker hinted that he'll remain at Sevilla, reports talkSPORT.
The 25-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks, with suggestions that he could leave La Liga and move to the Premier League.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Rakitic to Old Trafford, as he looks to add a creative midfielder to his ranks in the mid-season window.
Chelsea have also been mooted as admirers of the Sevilla star, even though Jose Mourinho has a wealth of options at Stamford Bridge.
Rakitic is under contract at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán until 2015, but has a €25million buyout clause that could be activated by any of his suitors.
With 11 goals in all competitions for Sevilla this season, his list of admirers seems to be growing by the day. However, the Spanish club have been encouraged that Rakitic will stay put, after he reiterated his commitment to Unai Emery's side.
"I like playing for Sevilla, in the present, the future and always," he is quoted by Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo.
"I am very happy here at this club. And also my family are too."
Rakitic was on the scoresheet again at the weekend, to help Sevilla earn a 1-1 draw with title-chasing Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
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