Ivan Rakitic signs new contract with Barcelona until 2021 with huge buyout
11 March, 2017, 00:33
FC Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been announced to have inked a new contract with the Catalan club.
Rakitic will officially sign the contract on Friday afternoon, with the club also confirming that the terms include a minimum release clause of €125m (£108.6m). Rakitic's previous contract was due to expire in June 2019. In a statement, the club added that Rakitic's buy-out clause has been hiked by 25 million euros to 125 million euros.
The Croatian came from Sevilla in Luis Enrique's first year and established himself as an important cog in the treble-winning season.
Rakitic, who turned 29 on the same day he agreed the deal, joined Barcelona from Sevilla in the summer of 2014 and has developed into a key figure at the Nou Camp.
Croatian worldwide Rakitic joined in 2014 from Sevilla and has made 145 appearances since, scoring 23 goals - including six so far this season.
He did not start a league game between December 3 and January 22, but has since started in six of Barca's past eight games in La Liga.
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