Speculation about the future of Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has continued to emerge since the start of the season. Although canceled leave on the occasion of last winter, the 30-year-old man is believed to be still leaving Barcelona at the end of the season.
Rakitic himself actually had become a mainstay of Barcelona in midfield, even since he was recruited from Sevilla in 2014 ago. However, the club’s policy of regenerating the squad left Rakitic out of the Barcelona squad, replaced by Frenkie De Jong.
No wonder, if Ivan Rakitic then plans to leave Barcelona in the winter transfer window last January. In fact, the person concerned had admitted the plan. Unfortunately, Rakitic claims Barcelona’s management is not willing to let it go.
However, according to a report released by Cadena SER, Rakitic has determined which club he will defend next season. The midfielder will stay in Spain to join one of Barcelona’s rivals, Atletico Madrid.
According to the report, Atletico Madrid became Rakitic’s main destination if he left Barcelona because the midfielder intensely established communication with Los Rojiblancos. The team based in the Spanish capital was reportedly very interested in proposing the services of Rakitic.
It was manager Diego Simeone who felt that Atletico Madrid’s midfield needed quality additions, and Rakitic could be the right addition. Therefore, Rakitic will not miss this opportunity, moreover there is a guarantee of playing regularly.
In fact, reportedly Rakitic had received an offer from Atletico Madrid in the winter of January. Not only that, the former Sevilla player also received offers from other clubs such as Manchester United and Juventus.
The two teams have long been associated with Rakitic. But it looks like they have to bite the fingers, the article 30-year midfielder prefers to join Ateltico Madrid because his family has settled in Spain.
Newer coach Quique Setien himself seems to rely on Ivan Rakitic in midfield. The proof, in the match against Levante last weekend, the player was revealed as a starter. Barcelona then successfully won with a score of 2-1.