Sevilla president Castro: Barcelona bid for Rakitic was too good to refuse

The Rojiblancos supremo feels that his decision to cash in on the Croatia international was totally justified given the playmaker would have been a free agent next summer
Sevilla president Jose Castro has defended his decision to sell Ivan Rakitic to Barcelona, arguing that a fee of close to €25 million for a player with just one year left on his contract represents excellent business.

The Croatia international played a key role in last season's Europa League triumph but Castro says he just was not in a position to turn down the Blaugrana's bid for the playmaker.

"The sale of Rakitic was very profitable because it was for an amount closer to €25 million than the €20m quoted and it was for a player who only had one season left on his contract," the Rojiblancos president told reporters on Saturday.

Castro also revealed that while there is no chance of re-signing former Sevilla winger Jesus Navas this summer, he still expects the Manchester City ace to return to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan at some point in the future.

"One day can return to Sevilla because this is his home," he stated.