Barça is open at the exit of Rakitic in January

The club refused to sell it to Juventus and considers that it may still be necessary, but will sit this winter if the situation is irreversible.


Barça has been given a margin of two months to see how the Rakitic case evolves, but today it is not closed to negotiate its departure next January. The Barca club refused to sell it when Juventus intended it this summer, but the stage is getting too poisoned. Valverde warned that the Croatian, with a contract until 2021, did not have his head so focused on Barça this summer and has preferred other options. The player, whom Bartomeu promised a contract improvement that never came, has been surprised at his residual role in the team despite his unstable summer. For weeks he has expressed it in private, but now he does it also in public. "I don't want to be in Barcelona walking along the sea," he admitted upon his arrival at the concentration of the Croatian national team.

Rakitic is an exemplary player. His performance at Barça since he landed in the summer of 2014 is that of a superlative footballer. Maybe that's why he waited for a gesture from the club when he returned after signing a brutal season with Barça and a memorable World Cup with Croatia. He did it with an offer from the PSG under one arm and the reverie of one Croatian Inter in the other, with Modric, Brozovic, Perisic, Vrsaljko and him from neroazzurro. At that time, Rakitic was untouchable for Valverde (the technician demanded his continuity to extend the contract) .

The player, with offers that far exceeded his record in Barça, ended up staying and, with the exception of Anfield's game, was again magnificent last season, with spikes such as the superclass goal at the Bernabéu in LaLiga (0-1 ) .

"Let the Catalans drink a beer," Rakitic said that day when he finished putting the Culés in his pocket. The reception of the fans in the match against Sevilla a few days ago, with a gala ovation, speaks of the recognition of a player who was able to occupy an important place after Xavi's departure; who has sustained the team the last seasons; and that has also given oxygen to Sergio Busquets. The double pivot that Valverde was invented in the 2017-18 season gave Barça a double. Circumstances, however, have changed in recent months.

No one in the club wants to close the Rakitic stage at the moment. The club knows that Juventus and Inter still claim it, but also prefers to wait. Once the course started with overbooking, a problem in the creation zone would not be allowed to ruin the objectives at the key moment of the season. But he also understands that the situation of a player used to playing is always delicate. That is why if before the Christmas break the situation remains the same, Rakitic could leave Barça five and a half years after having exceeded any expectations.

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