Barcelona midfielder blasts Camp Nou giants after failed January transfer


Barcelona midfielder blasts Camp Nou giants after failed January transfer
The Croat has made only 11-starts for Barcelona in the league this term

The 31-year-old seemed to be on the verge of leaving the Camp Nou giants before his side decided to pull the plug on his transfer.

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has hit out at the club after failing to secure a move away from the Camp Nou in the recently concluded January transfer window.

The former Sevilla midfielder was linked with a move away from La Liga giants, with both Juventus and Manchester United reportedly interested in his services, but a transfer failed to happen.

His future at the Camp Nou was plunged into doubt following the arrival of Frankie de Jong from Ajax in the summer transfer window.

The Dutch midfielder has seemed to have replaced Rakitic in Barcelona’s starting XI and reduced the 31-to making only 11 starts for the Catalan side this term.

Rakitic unhappy with Barca over failed January transfer

An Ivan Rakitic führt im Mittelfeld des FC Barcelona kein Weg vorbei. Foto: Imago
An Ivan Rakitic führt im Mittelfeld des FC Barcelona kein Weg vorbei. Foto: Imago

Speaking to the press after his side’s hard-fought 2-1 win over Levante on Sunday, Rakitic claimed that there were several things in Barcelona’s handling of his potential transfer that he didn’t like.

‘There have been several things that I did not like,’ Rakitic said. ‘I say it very clearly.

‘We know there are people who make decisions but we are here not to laugh or enjoy.

‘In the end the best thing for the club has to be what is good. We must accept not to understand some things.’

The 31-year-old was named in the starting XI by new manager Quique Setien on Sunday and managed to last the full 90 minutes on the pitch.

A DIFFERENT LIGALIVE VIDEO STORY?

Everything Tottenham fans need to know about potential new signing Steven Bergwijn

The Croat wants to look ahead

Barcelona occupy the top spot in Deloitte's Money League
Barcelona occupy the top spot in Deloitte's Money League (IMAGO)

After airing his grievances on how Barcelona handled his potential transfer away from the club, the Croat insisted that he’d still be giving his hundred percent for the Camp Nou giants.

‘It’s not time to talk about [my unhappiness],’ he said. ‘I’m happy to have played today and everyone knows it, you don’t have to open things again.

‘Everything has already happened and I have to turn the page and not think too much about it.

‘You have to work in the best way possible because the decisive part of the season is coming.

‘I want my colleagues, coaches and fans to count on me.’

Ligalive Infographic

Ligalive Livescores - National and international games with autorefresh

Ligalive TV

LIgalivenet Premium-Services

LIGALIVEPLUS

I’d like to invite you to become Ligaliveplus member. Getting smarter, being entertained, spotting deals. Coming soon.

LIGALIVE DAILY

Ligalive Daily – the day-to-day newsletter by Ligalivenet. Delivered by 6.00 a.m. to your inbox. Getting smarter in five minutes.

CLOSELOOKNET

The dossier site. Global content for global people. Top content for top subjects.