Ivan Rakitic contemplating future away from Barcelona as Cristiano Ronaldo makes Juventus plea


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Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic may look to leave Barcelona in January if he doesn’t get more game time.

The World Cup finalist joined Barcelona in 2014 and has gone on to amass more than 250 appearances for the club.

Rakitic is unhappy with his current situation

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Rakitic is unhappy with his current situation

But he has seen his name fall down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Frankie de Jong from Ajax.

But he has fallen down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Frankie de Jong from Ajax, with six of his seven appearances this season coming from the bench.

Speaking to Croatian media outlet 24sata, the 31-year-old revealed he doesn’t know what the future holds saying: “I don’t know what’s next. It’s hard and embarrassing.

“I want to play for Barcelona and not just be part of the team. I will do my best to try to change this situation in the next games.”

In March 2017 Rakitic signed a new four-year contract with the La Liga champions.

“I have a contract for a couple more years, there is no better place to play than Barcelona, ​​the best club in the world, but I want to play and not enjoy walking around the city and enjoying the sea,” he said.

Rakitic has scored 24 goals in 174 LaLiga appearances for Barcelona and is contracted to them until 2021

24sata also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo personally phoned Rakitic to convince him to sign for Juventus and that talks occurred, but Juventus couldn’t meet Barcelona’s asking price.

It has been revealed that Rakitic has held separate talks with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, coach Ernest Valverde and captain Lionel Messi in regards to his future.

When discussing his future away from Camp Nou, Rakitic said: “The truth is, I talked to the people at the club, everyone knew about the other options I had, it was no secret.

“I still wish all the best to Barcelona, ​​but I want to fight, for the team to see that I am ready whenever I need to run out onto the pitch and do my best.”

“But if I see that nothing can change, then we will sit down and talk again.”

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly rung Rakitic to try and convince him to sign for Juventus

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