Rakitic Hits out at Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic insists he controls his future and says he is “not a sack of potatoes you can do anything with”.

Barcelona wanted to move the Croatia international onto French champions Paris Saint-Germain last year as part of a deal that would have seen Neymar return to the Nou Camp.

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

Barcelona wanted to bring Neymar back from PSG, with Rakitic moving to the French champions as part of the deal

“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.”

Rakitic was a regular in Barcelona’s midfield until this season, with the arrival of Frenkie de Jong meaning the 32-year-old has started just 10 La Liga matches.

“The results have not been the best and I haven’t played much, that is why I felt hurt,” Rakitic, whose contract expires in 2021, continued.

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

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