Rakitic: Barca and I have nothing to talk about, I've no reason to leave

Omnisport

Ivan Rakitic is adamant he will not leave Barcelona this year, claiming he and the club recently agreed they had "nothing to talk about" with respect to their association.

Rakitic joined Barca in 2014 after a strong spell with Sevilla and, for the most part, he has been a success at Camp Nou.

But in the past couple of years Rakitic has been a source of frustration for some supporters, who have taken to targeting him with jeers during matches.

Scroll to continue with content
Ad

The 2019-20 campaign has been his trickiest season with the club in terms of regular football, starting just 10 of Barca's 27 LaLiga games prior to the coronavirus-enforced suspension.

With his contract up next year, it had been reported Barca might look to cash in on him while they still can, and his desire to one day return to Sevilla has never been a secret, but he insists he is not considering leaving.

"More or less ever since I've been here, the same situation is always presented and my status is talked about," he told Croatian publication TPortal.

"Now everything is clear to me, because 10, 15 days ago we talked very specifically in the club and the agreement is that we have nothing to talk about.

"I have a contract with Barcelona, ​​and it is a club where I want to be and play, and Barcelona as a city is a nice place for my wife and kids to live, so I have no reason to think about other things.

"I've been training well these days, I feel good and I'm confident I will be in Barcelona for a while longer."

Rakitic received a backlash from some fans in April when he appeared to take aim at the Barca hierarchy as he made a stand over his future, telling them he would not be dropped like a "sack of potatoes" and that he would decide his own future.

But Rakitic does not want that attitude to suggest he is not willing to find a compromise should Barca decide he is not in their plans.

"By that I just meant that I could be talked to about everything, because I never want anything by force," he added. "I want to deserve everything, let everything be as it should be, because I always go the fair way, I don't hide anything.

"I think I showed my character with that. I will never have a problem with that if we sit down, talk, find a common solution. I signed my contract with the desire to fulfil it to the end, but if for any reason it cannot be fulfilled or someone else has different thoughts, you just need to sit down and talk.

"And that was my only thought when I said that, but now it's all settled, so I'm calm and happy, and I train more than ever."

Barca are set to resume their 2019-20 season at Real Mallorca on Saturday, more than three months after their most recent LaLiga game.

What to read next