This Monday, FC Barcelona must officially present Xavi as their new coach for the months and seasons to come. Six years after his departure, the former midfielder is therefore coming home. The presentation, Ivan Rakitic will surely follow it live. If he returned to Sevilla FC since the summer of 2020, the Croatian had joined Catalonia to take over from Xavi in the Barcelona midfield.
After a season in contact with the 2010 world champion, Rakitic had tried to take up the torch, with varying degrees of success. Among the indisputable between 2015 and 2020, the middle finally never really unanimous and the departure without real class of the Blaugrana towards his player proved it.
Rakitic: “I would have liked to play at PSG…”
However, in the summer of 2018, after a rather successful World Cup, Ivan Rakitic was not far from leaving Barça. A year after the Neymar coup, PSG would have liked to secure the services of another Barcelona. A prospect that had enchanted the old man from Basel.
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“Why I refused the PSG at each transfer window? It was not done for several reasons … I would have liked to play in Paris … Ah! Today I would like it, assured the Croatian midfielder during a interview broadcast on Sunday by beIN Sports. If PSG is missing a medium, Nasser or Leonardo can call me tomorrow! “
“PSG for me… What they are achieving, not only this season but for several years, deserves great respect. I take my hat off to the President, Leonardo and the coach. They have grown up fast. They are under a lot more pressure today… I would have been happy to join Paris, but my transfer did not materialize. I was finally happy to stay in Barcelona. “
With Gueye, Verratti, Rafinha, Wijnaldum, Danilo Pereira, Paredes or even Ander Herrera, PSG is rather well supplied in the midfield. But, the bottle in the sea is launched for Rakitic.