Ivan Rakitic grilled by the press pre Juventus vs Barcelona
Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic was put in front of the media corps ahead of Juventus versus Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
There are a ton of rumours surrounding Barcelona right now and somewhat surprisingly, Rakitic was asked about them.
Rakitic discussed the future of Leo Messi as well as the rumours that emerged this morning that Barcelona want to bring in Mesut Ozil from Arsenal in January.
Ivan Rakitic: “I can not say 100% that Messi is going to stay”
The big headline from Rakitic’s presser is that he is not certain that Leo Messi will stay at the La Liga leaders.
Barcelona announced that Messi had signed a new contract at the end of June, but despite protestations from the club, no picture of the signing has been released.
Nor has Messi himself publicly confirmed he has signed the contract which lasts until 2021.
Rakitic said today: “I said it already. Messi is part of the team. I can not say one hundred percent that he is going to stay. I know there are fans who want to see that picture. I also do. We want to have him with us. We really enjoy him. There is a lot of travel left for us to do together.”
“I trust one hundred percent in our president”
When pushed on the lack of a Messi signing picture, Rakitic said: “I see Leo as always. Honestly, we have not talked about it because we all trust the same thing and he does too. Messi’s affection for the fans, the management and the squad knows it very well. Everyone can have it but Messi is part of the club and has to be here. I trust that he will be here forever.”
Rakitic continued: “I have also read and I have been told that everything is fine. You have to leave it quiet. He is the best player in our team. We are here to give him affection and I trust one hundred percent in our president.”
Rakitic was also asked about Barcelona signing Mesut Ozil, a former team mate of his at Schalke.
The Croatian midfielder said: “Each player who signs the Barça is very good. I can only say that I trust one hundred percent of my colleagues. If someone comes, welcome. I, for my part, will do my thing. Help my teammates and the club and if someone comes, perfect. And if not, those of us who are here are trying to achieve it together.”
Quotes via AS.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 21, 2017