The former Croatia skipper has been heavily linked with a potential move to the Camp Nou and the head coach of the Ukrainian side has now confirmed Barca’s interest

Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Paulo Foseca has acknowledged Barcelona’s interest in right-back Darijo Srna but insists that the Ukrainian giants are hopeful of keeping their captain.

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Former Croatia skipper Srna has been linked with a move to reigning La Liga champions Barca amid doubts over Aleix Vidal’s future at Camp Nou.

Srna has called Shakhtar home since 2003 and Fonseca’s men are determined to retain the 34-year-old, despite Barca’s interest.

“I know of the interest,” Fonseca said via Mundo Deportivo ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Sporting Braga.

“It is not for me to make this decision.

“We know the importance of Srna on our team and we also know of his importance to the club.

“[Srna] has spent many years with us. I sincerely hope he doesn’t go.”

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Srna has made 12 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League this season, scoring once as Shakhtar top the table following 17 fixtures.