Ivan Rakitic has reiterated his full commitment to the Barcelona cause, insisting that his future at the club is “very secure”.
He had already been heavily linked with a move away from Camp Nou prior to that, having been moved to the bench, but his absence in the middle of a window only served to fan the transfer flames.
Rakitic remained adamant that he was not looking for a way out and that he intended to spend many years at Barca.
Nothing has changed in the eyes of the 28-year-old, with his focus locked on the pursuit of further silverware and the penning of fresh terms.
Rakitic told Novi List: "My future belongs only and exclusively to Barcelona.
"I want to keep playing here and winning trophies as this is my club.
"The club has already been preparing a new contract for me for some time, meaning that my future at Barcelona is very secure."
While back in the side and enjoying life at Camp Nou, Rakitic admits that a humbling withdrawal from Luis Enrique’s matchday plans was difficult to stomach.
He added: "No player in the world is happy when they're not playing and I'm no exception.
"I'll admit that I did not feel indifferent when I looked at the list before the match against Villarreal and saw that my name wasn't one of the 18 players."
Rakitic has been involved in every game since the 1-1 draw at Estadio de la Ceramica, helping Barca to six victories in their last seven outings.