Ivan Rakitic threatens to leave Barcelona if bench role continues

Football News  Published on October 9, 2019

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Barcelona Midfielder Ivan Rakitic has hinted that he could be forced to end his five years spell in the Camp Nou if he continues to be relegated to the bench.

Rakitic had previously been linked with Italian giants Juventus and Inter Inter Milan but he rather preferred to fight for his place in the squad. However, with the way things turned out, he may think otherwise.

"I don't know what will happen now,” Rakitic said. “It's tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team. I will do everything possible to change my situation.

"I have two years left on my deal and there's no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.

“I spoke with people at the club, everyone knew I had other options.

"I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch. I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changes, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again.”

The Croatian came from Sevilla to Barcelona in 2014, played 274 matches, scored 34 goals with 37 assists.