…His Final Bow for croatia.
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has said he is not considering leaving Barcelona at present, while admitting that Euro 2020 could be his final tournament with Croatia.
The midfielder started the season in the cold at club level, limited largely to substitute appearances domestically, but he has slowly re-established himself into the side and become an important player in recent weeks.
Isco Alarcon,Ivan Rakitic
Speculation persists surrounding a January exit, with Barcelona thought to be keen to offload the 31-year-old, but in an interview with Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, Rakitic would not be drawn into that conversation.
“There’s nothing to say. I think everything is clear,” he said, when asked about his Barcelona future and his recent re-instalment into the team. “It is important to me that I enjoy football, that I am happy to go to training in the morning, to prepare myself for the game in the best possible way.
“In the end, it is the coach who decides who will play and how much.”
He was pressed for comment on whether he is being forced out of the club by manager Ernesto Valverde and director of football Eric Abidal, but again would not be drawn in. His contract is up in 2021 but for now, at least, he remains focused on performing in Catalonia.
“I have nothing to say about who said what he did and did; the most important question is whether they can play in Barcelona. If I can, it’s clear to me that Barcelona is the best place for me.
Ivan Rakitic,Mikel Merino
“We will see how it will be, but I am preparing for my contribution as much as possible in the next period. I have been here for five and a half years, having lived my most significant days in Barcelona, and I am convinced that the best, in fact, in front of me.”
More telling were his quotes on his Croatia future. Rakitic has starred in a golden era for the Croatian national side, helping them to a World Cup final in 2018, but he admits that Euro 2020 – where he will take on England, the Czech Republic and one of the playoff winners – could be his final bow.
“Yes, it is possible,” he said, when asked if his final international appearance could come in the summer. “Let’s be real, that’s quite clear. We will see what and how, first of all, what ideas the menu will have. I haven’t talked to [Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic] in a while, he didn’t even call or visit me.
Botond Barath,Ivan Rakitic
“We will consider what is best, not only for me, but for the whole national team. I said I would give everything I needed for young players.
“The most important is the well-being of Croatia, we will solve the rest. Slowly. It doesn’t matter what I want, but what is best for all of us.”