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Rakitic happy at Sevilla; Vidal committed to Juve

Sevilla FC midfielder Ivan Rakitic has revealed the club have offered him a new deal at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

Sevilla FC midfielder Ivan Rakitic has revealed the club have offered him a new deal at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, Sky Sports understands.

Rakitic, who joined Sevilla from Schalke 04 on a four-and-a-half-year contract in January 2011, has been on scintillating form for both club and country in 2013/14, fueling speculation he could leave Spain when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The Croatia international, 25, helped Vatreni reach next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil with a match-controlling performance against Iceland on Tuesday.

With that said, the Rakitic has already turned his attention towards the derby match against Real Betis on Sunday.

“A couple of weeks ago I was offered a contract extension, even though I still have a year-and-a-half left on my current deal,” the 25-year-old ace told 20 Minutos.

“I have the backing of the president and the sporting director and I feel appreciated by everyone at the club.

“However, I want to wait and focus now on playing football and on the derby.

“I will make my decision at the right time. But, like I have said before, I am happy here at Sevilla and my wife is happy in the city as well.”

Rakitic — 8/1 to open the scoring against Real Betis at the weekend — has tallied nine goals and three assists in 19 appearances, including 17 starts, across all competitions for Sevilla this season.

Sevilla (4/6); Real Betis (4/1); Draw (11/4)

Vidal committed to Juve

Juventus defensive midfielder Arturo Vidal has insisted he is happy in Turin amid reports linking him a January move abroad, according to Sky Sports.

Vidal, 26, is reportedly attracting interest from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, including the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

The Chile international, who joined Juve from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth €10.5 million in July 2011, has bagged seven goals and four assists in 17 competitive matches for the Italian Serie A champions this term.

“I am fine in Turin and my family is very happy in the city,” said Vidal.

“In addition to that, I want to keep on winning titles with Juventus.”

Juventus, currently one point behind table toppers Roma will travel to the Stadio Armando Picchi to face Livorno on Sunday, 24 November 2013.

Vidal and co. enter Sunday’s clash at Livorno as massive favourites to take all three points, and rightfully so.

The Bianconeri — 21/20 to win to nil on Sunday — have not conceded a goal in Serie A since letting in four against Fiorentina on 20 October, a run of four consecutive clean sheets.

Fri 22 November, 2013
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