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  Sports   Football  13 Apr 2020  Ivan Rakitic warns Barcelona not to treat him like a sack of potatoes

Ivan Rakitic warns Barcelona not to treat him like a sack of potatoes

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Published : Apr 13, 2020, 5:35 pm IST
Updated : Apr 13, 2020, 5:35 pm IST

Rakitic confirmed that he refused to move to Paris St Germain last year as part of a deal to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic (L) runs with the ball ahead of Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa during a Spanish La Liga match. AP Photo
 Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic (L) runs with the ball ahead of Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa during a Spanish La Liga match. AP Photo

Barcelona: Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has criticised his club for their recent treatment of him and for trying to force his departure last year.

The Croatian has been at Barca since 2014 but has fallen out of contention this campaign due to the arrival of Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong and has only started 10 of Barca’s 27 La Liga matches.

 

“I understand the situation but I’m not a sack of potatoes who you can do anything with,” the 32-year-old told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

“I want to be somewhere I feel wanted and respected. If that’s here then I’ll be delighted but if it’s somewhere else then I’ll be the one who decides where, not anyone else.”

Rakitic confirmed that he refused to move to Paris St Germain last year as part of a deal to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou.

He also spoke of his disappointment at losing his place in the team this season but insisted he wishes to see out his contract, which ends in 2021 and would mean Barca would not be able to earn a transfer fee from his departure.

 

“Last year was the best of the six I’ve had here and I was annoyed with how I was treated. I was very surprised and I didn’t understand it. The results have not been the best and I haven’t played much, that is why I felt hurt,” he said.

“I had a very strange first half of the season, it was very uncomfortable and surprising for me. But I hope I can finish this last year of my contract.”

Barcelona are currently top of the standings in La Liga which is suspended indefinitely due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Tags: ivan rakitic, barcelona fc, la liga
Location: Spain, Katalonia, Barcelona