After officially leaving Camp Nou, Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic gave a surprising confession. The former Sevilla said that the two club frontmen, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were not close friends.
As is known, the 2018 World Cup finalist has indeed officially left Barcelona to join his former club, Sevilla this summer.
Actually, Ivan Rakitic has long been rumored to be leaving Barcelona. In fact, starting two seasons ago, the Catalan giants felt that the player was no longer reliable.
According to the news, Rakitic did not get the support of other Barcelona players while at the Catalan club.
In fact, while defending Barcelona, the player was known to have a good relationship with two club frontmen, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
However, when talking to the media, the Croatian player admitted that the two players were not his close friends at Barcelona.
“I say this from my side. My relationship with them is not like close friends. I believe it is difficult to do in a group of 23 or 24 players,”
“My closest friends there are Andres Iniesta, Ter Stegen, Boateng, and last season there was Junior Firpo.” said Rakitic to El Desmarque via Goal.
However, despite that fact, Rakitic insisted that he had great respect for both players. Being teammates with Messi and Suarez is an honor for the midfielder.
“I have high respect for both of them. They have been my teammates for six years and are very important players,”
“I have always maintained a good relationship and always have the highest respect for them.” continued Rakitic.
Especially during the Lockdown period yesterday, Barcelona players seemed closer to each other. In essence, Rakitic is very grateful to have received good treatment from the club and his team-mates over the last six years.
“During the coronavirus lockdown yesterday, we all got closer, almost like neighbors. I am very grateful for the way they have treated me over the years,” he said.
Rakitic joined Barcelona since 2014, he contributed greatly to the club’s Treble Winner Raihan in the 2014/15 season.