‘Barcelona have taken my ball away from me and I’m sad about it’: Ivan Rakitic once again voices frustration over lack of minutes at Nou Camp
Ivan Rakitic has once again voiced his frustration at a lack of playing time at Barcelona, saying he feels ‘sad’ as a result of the situation.
The Croat has been heavily linked with a move away from Camp Nou and his most recent comments could be the most solid indication yet that he is on his way to the exit door in January.
‘How can I have fun? By playing football,’ the 31-year-old told Movistar+.
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‘And it’s like I often say, how does my little daughter feel when you take a toy away from her? Sad.
‘Well, I feel the same. [Barca] have taken my ball away from me and I’m sad about it.’
Last month, Marca in Spain said the midfielder was ‘seriously weighing up the possibility’ of ending his five-year association with the Spanish giants due to lack of playing time.
And nothing much has changed since, the Croat only appearing once from the start in the league and six times from the bench all together, not once since.
‘I understand and respect the decisions of the coach, club or whoever, but I think I’ve given a lot in these five years.
‘What I want is to continue having fun, that’s the most important thing for me. I can only have fun by playing.
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‘I’m 31 years old, not 38, and I feel like I’m in my prime,’ he added.
Rakitic, who joined Barca from Sevilla in 2014, said last month that he has even spoken to president Josep Bartomeu and captain Lionel Messi about his prospects.
‘I spoke with people at the club everyone knew I had other options,’ he told Croatian media outlet 24sata while on international duty.
‘It’s the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach,’ he said.
In the summer, Serie A champions Juventus were interested in Rakitic, with Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly even calling the pass master to convince him to make the move to Italy, but Juve could not match Barcelona’s asking price.
Manchester United are also said to be interested and a January move is looking more and more likely after the player gave an ultimatum in the same interview, stating: ‘I need to play.’