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Ivan Rakitic is one of the FC Barcelona players with more ballots to leave the club in the next market. Despite being a fixture last season in the Valverde team, this year he has lost weight in the team and that, with his years and the need for renewal of the team, make him the target of most transfer rumors heading towards the Camp Nou.
“If I have to play an important role in signing Lautaro, the issue is quite complicated”
It was precisely because of these rumors that the Croatian wanted stoke the president of the Catalan team, Josep María Bartomeu and to the club’s sports management in an interview with COPE. “I wish that on some occasion someone from the club had come out to say that Rakitic was staying to end the rumors. Bartomeu has not told me anything. Maybe today he is listening to us and tomorrow he is calling me, “he admitted.
The ‘4’ who arrived at Barça in 2014 with the task of being Xavi’s substitute in the starting team, has ended up being a round operation, both economically and in sports. Rakitc, with contract until 2021, hinted that his intention is to fulfill it. “When we sign a contract it is with the idea of fulfilling it. Also with the idea that I want to play, but I’m calm, “he said.
Rakitic has sounded for various operations that free the club from its eight million annual salary and at the same time open the door to the arrival of other footballers. It is the case of Lautaro, whose operation could include the signing of the Croatian by Inter, and about which Rakitic said “having nothing to do” and confessed that “if he has to play an important role in the signing, the issue is quite complicated”. “If Lautaro has to come, I’m delighted. What I want is to think about Barça, but I’ve never closed doors to make a big change“
That great change that the footballer talks about also points to Seville where there is an interest in the Croatian returning to Nervión. Rakitic admitted wanting to return “sooner or later” to live in the capital of SevilleBut his salary conditions make it difficult for him to play at Sánchez Pizjuán.