Ivan Rakitic seems ready to leave Barcelona after confirming ‘I’m not a sack of potatoes’

Ivan Rakitic speaks to Mundo Deportivo

Barcelona’s Croatian international midfielder Ivan Rakitic has this week given a lengthy interview to Mundo Deportivo.

Rumours linking Rakitic with an exit from the Camp Nou have been swirling for months, if not years.

Now 32, Rakitic’s Barcelona contract expires in June 2021.

This season, Rakitic made 21 appearances for the Catalans in the league. He failed to score, while the Croat chipped in with two assists.

 

Rakitic seems ready to leave Barcelona after confirming ‘I’m not a sack of potatoes’

The headline quotes from Rakitic’s interview with Mundo Deportivo were as follows:

I am not a sack of potatoes. I will decide my future. I want to be where I am valued. If it is here, delighted, and if not, it will be where I decide.

But will Rakitic actually leave the Camp Nou shortly? On that issue, the Croat said his intention is to see out his contract with the Catalans:

As I always said, being able to play at Barca is the perfect situation. What I want is to enjoy myself and help the team.

I had a very strange first half of the season. It was very uncomfortable and surprising for me, but from there I’ve had to learn several things and improve.

Sometimes things happen that you do not understand, but you have to accept them.

Hopefully I can finish this contract year. If it can’t be, we’ll sit down, but now the most important thing is to be on top and finish the season in the best possible way. Then everything will be analysed – but my idea is to see out my contract.

 

If Rakitic does leave Barcelona, will he return to Sevilla?

While the English press have periodically linked Rakitic with a possible move to the Premier League, the greater hunch is that Rakitic could return to Sevilla once his time at Barcelona ends.

Rakitic admitted that he could head back to Sevilla, saying:

I have a special affection for Seville, and specifically to the city. I have my family there.

I have always said that it would be a great dream to wear that shirt again. Everyone knows it, but it is not my own decision.

Monchi and everyone in Seville has my phone, they haven’t called me. Recently it was my birthday and Monchi didn’t call me (laughs)!

 

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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