The Croatian player Ivan Rakitic will stay at Barcelona and will fight for a place in the squad. The midfielder was left out of the group in last night`s 1:1 draw in La Liga against Villarreal, as he has not played in La Liga since 3 December onwards.
He was in the starting 11 in with 1:2 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in the tournament for the Cup of Spain during the week. The 28-year-old Croatian was a starter in his first two seasons after the transfer of the Camp Nou for 25 million euros from Sevilla.
He even scored the first goal in the victory over Juventus with 3:1 in the final of the UEFA Champions League in the year 2015. After this summer`s attraction of Denis Suarez and Andre Gomez in midfield, Rakitic gradually lost his place in the group.
There is information in the Croatian press that the footballer has agreed to move to Manchester City, which is led by the former mentor of Barca Pep Guardiola Pep. The agents of the player were quick to refute the information.
`Most of the news in the media is not reliable, whether it comes to Croatia, Spain or England. These speculations have nothing to do with the fact that he was not in the group for the match mentioned by betting tips with Villarreal.`, said the senior coach of the Catalans Luis Enrique.