Man City not interested in signing Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona - Sky sources

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21:  Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot his team's second goal during the Copa del Rey
Image: Ivan Rakitic was left out of the Barcelona squad for Sunday's match at Villarreal

Manchester City will not be launching a bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Sky sources.

The 28-year-old was left out of the Barcelona squad for Sunday's 1-1 draw at Villarreal, prompting speculation in his homeland of Croatia that he could be set for a January switch to City.

But Sky sources understand City are not interested in making an offer for Rakitic, with Barca manager Luis Enrique also playing down talk of a move away for the Croatia international following the stalemate at El Madrigal. 

Ivan Rakitic (C) and Javier Mascherano (L) vie with Aleksandr Kolarov
Image: Rakitic in action against Manchester City in the Champions League earlier in the season

When asked about Rakitic's future at the Nou Camp, Enrique said: "It's up to me to decide the squads and the teams. That's my job.

Barcelona are now five points behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race, having played a game more, after they drew 1-1 with Villarreal

"What's been published has nothing to do with that. Only 25 per cent of things are true, be it in the Croatian, Spanish, England, Italian media."

Watch as Lionel Messi scores a wonderful free-kick to bring Barcelona level with Villarreal in the dying minutes of the match at the El Madrigal

Rakitic, capped 81 times by Croatia, joined Barcelona from fellow La Liga side Sevilla in 2014 and has featured 129 times, scoring 20 goals. 

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He is contracted at Barca until 2019. 

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