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Ivan Rakitic lives his most complicated moment since his arrival at FC Barcelona. In just a few months, the Croatian player has gone from being an undisputed in the line-ups of Ernesto Valverde to barely being part of the club's rotations. The situation for a consecrated and worldwide recognized player is not easy, and a departure from the Catalan club in the next winter market seems the only possible solution for both parties.
The difference in importance of Rakitic for Valverde has changed so much that it is difficult to realize that between one situation and another only a few months have passed, those that goes from the end of last season to the beginning of the current one. It is not that there have been many changes in Barça’s squad to justify this decision, since only Frenkie de Jong has joined the club in that position. It is true that the Dutchman has burst into the ‘cule’ world and earned an important role as a present and future bet for everybody at the club, ??but other players such as Arthur Melo or Arturo Vidal also accumulate many more minutes than the Croatian international.
To get an idea of ??the change that has occurred in the consideration of the manager in regard to Rakitic, it is only necessary to analyze the time that the Croatian has spent on the pitch in this campaign. In total, the 31-year-old has participated in 10 games, 7 in La Liga and 3 in the Champions League, although he only played one as a starter -in the loss to Granada- and accumulates a total of 256 minutes of 1440 possible. Last year, without going any further, only in the League he added 2643 minutes distributed in 34 games, which represents a total of almost 30 complete matches. The difference is abysmal and the player recognizes that the situation has affected his self-esteem.
???? — Ivan Rakiti?: "I feel sad, the ball has been taken away from me. I understand and respect the decisions of the coach or club or whatever, but I think I have given a lot in these five years, and I feel at my best.." [movistar] pic.twitter.com/TG5iSIYPid— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 12, 2019
"I understand and respect the decisions of the coach, the club or whatever. I have given a lot in these five years that I have been in Barcelona and I want to continue enjoying. I am 31 years old, not 38, and I feel that I am in my best moment," Rakitic said in a recent interview on 'Universo Valdano' a TV show in Spanish television. "How does my little daughter feel when a toy is taken from her? Sad. I feel the same way. The ball has been taken from me, I feel sad," said the former Sevilla player trying to explain the situation, before adding: "I like to show my feelings. When you have to cry, there is no problem. When I have to celebrate, I celebrate," he concluded.
In case his situation in Barça was not negative enough, when the ‘cule’ midfielder had the opportunity to add minutes with his national team, he was ruled out from the squad for a pain in the Achilles tendon, so Rakitic will miss Croatia's duels against Slovakia and Georgia that will take place in the coming days in the qualifiers for the EURO 2020.
The 31-year-old Croatian arrived in Barcelona for the 2014/15 season from Seville in exchange for 25 million euros and with a five-year contract. Since his arrival he won four leagues, four Copa del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups, a Champions League, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup. His quality cannot be discussed, and this is seen by many of the great clubs in Europe. With a contract until June 2021, PSG fought for his signing in summer, and now the names of Inter, Juventus or Manchester United begin to sound strongly as possible destinations for a player whose future seems to be farther and farther from the Camp Nou.
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