LaLiga: Ivan Rakitic takes final decision on future with Barcelona

Ruben Hill
October 9, 2019

Rakitic maintained he had no desire to leave Barca, but he has become a peripheral figure under Ernesto Valverde this season, playing just 186 minutes in all competitions.

Away with Croatia at present, Rakitic admitted his future at club level is uncertain. "I don't know if they will sell now".

"It was painful for me to read and hear that I didn't want to play for the national team", he bemoaned.

'It's the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach'.

Rakitic doesn't hit the fact that leaving was an option in the summer and he says he spoke to Bartomeu and Lionel Messi.

"I am at Barca in order to play", he commented in a press conference with the Croatian national side, adding he would "do everything possible to change the situation". Everyone knew I had other options.

"I still want the best for Barcelona, but I want to fight so that the whole team sees that I'm ready every single time I go out onto the pitch".

'I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changed, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again'.

However, a lack of action could see things change in January.

The central midfielder was left out of the Croatian squad for the most recent global break but he says there is nothing more behind it than his physical and mental state.

At worldwide level, meanwhile, he has turned out over 100 times for Croatia, with his most notable achievement finishing as a runner-up in the 2018 World Cup to France, during which he and team-mate Luka Modric won critical acclaim for their classy midfield displays. I left Switzerland, the country that gave me everything.But my heart is in Croatia, my love is to the maximum. "I thought it was better for me and the team to be absent and clear my head".

"I wasn't 100 percent sure what was happening with the transfer market and I didn't want to be a negative influence on my teammates".

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