The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. There had been reports that Rakitic had not gotten on well with Barca’s star pair but, while he acknowledges they weren’t close, he says he had nothing but respect for them. I've always got on incredibly well and have the utmost respect for them. Messi however is staying put despite announcing his desire to leave after he was informed by club president Josep Bartomeu the only way he could go was if he paid the £630million exit clause in his contract. "I've said my side. On the other hand, Messi has reversed his decision to stay at Barcelona for another season after initially handing a transfer request to his boyhood club. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Become a member of the leading sports Facebook group 'Naija Football Fan Zone', Barcelona have reportedly planning to stop Luis Suarez from joining fellow Spanish League outfit Atletico Madrid. "I've said my side,” Rakitic told El Desmarque. He also said that the club that had no discernible football project. Rakitic será el 'Messi' del Sevilla It's been revealed today that Rakitic has inherited the number 10 shirt left by Ever Banega. He was initially meant to join Juventus but the move was botched due to passport delays and that brought Los Rojiblancos into the picture. Sevilla are due to start the 2020-21 season with the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich on Thursday, after winning the Europa League. They were my team-mates for six years and are very important players. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Returning to the club where he spent four productive seasons between 2011 and 2014, the midfielder will hope to put great performances and is fully focused now that he has also announced his retirement from international football. Lionel Messi was very nearly part of a group of senior players that have left or are on their way out of Barcelona. Arturo Vidal has left for Inter Milan, while Rakitic has re-joined Sevilla. He added: "I respect them both. Ivan Rakitic is one of the big names that left barcelona this summer and the Croatian midfielder has claimed he was never close pals with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Ivan Rakitić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐʋan rǎkititɕ]; born 10 March 1988) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a central or attacking midfielder for Spanish club Sevilla.. Rakitić started his professional career at Basel and spent two seasons with … The 32-year-old midfielder spent six years at the club, winning 16 trophies, including four La Liga titles and the Champions League. Speaking to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, he made a huge revelation about his chemistry with Messi and Suarez. Speaking on his retirement he said: "Saying goodbye to the national team is the most difficult decision of my career, but I felt that it was the moment when I had to break through and make that decision. Rakitic this week agreed a return to Sevilla from Barca for an initial fee of just €1.5million, signing a four-year deal with Julen Lopetegui’s side. 'My closest friends were Andres Iniesta, [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen, [Kevin-Prince] Boateng and Junior Firpo last season. Ivan Rakitic insists Barcelona remain “the best option for all players” but admits he does not know whether Lionel Messi will leave the club. The … The 32-year-old was one of the first players shown the door by new boss Ronald Koeman this summer, with Suarez set to follow him. I'm very thankful for how they've treated me over the years. Rakitic recently left Barcelona and also played his last game for national side Croatia. Photo Credit: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images. Ivan Rakitic has admitted he was never close friends with Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez during his time at Camp Nou. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. I believe that's hard in a group of 23 or 24 players. He said: Rakitic left Barcelona for La Liga Sevilla this summer in a deal that cost €1.5 million initially, but could rise to around €10.5 million. Suarez is currently working on getting a new club after falling out of favour with Koeman following a phone conversation that lasted for 60 seconds. IVAN RAKITIC has revealed that he was never that close with Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez during his time at the Nou Camp. The 32-year-old rejoined his former club Seviall during the summer window after being told he was surplus to requirement at the Camp Nou by Ronald Koeman. Sevilla re-signed Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona for an initial fee of €1.5 million ahead of the new season. It is understood that the Uruguayan striker has terminated his contract in a bid to join Atletico Madrid this summer. His departure has been overshadowed by the … Returning to the club where he spent four productive seasons between 2011 and 2014, Rakitic will be fully focused on his club commitments at Sevilla, having also announced his retirement from international football. However, after the tournament, Lionel Messi announced he that he would be taking some time off national duty. It was my f*****g fault': Agent Scott... 'If they don't invest in the next week, it's tough days ahead... the honeymoon period is certainly over for... 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"Saying goodbye to the national team is the most difficult decision of my career, but I felt that it was the moment when I had to break through and make that decision," Rakitic announced in a statement that he has enjoyed every game he played for this country and that the 2018 World Cup will be an unforgettable campaign for him. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Rakitic, 32, will now focus on his career at Sevilla, after announcing his retirement from international football. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Rakitic has left Barcelona to join Sevilla, Luis Suarez’s Atletico Madrid transfer in jeopardy as Barcelona pull plug on him joining club, But after being humilaited by Bayern Munich in Europe, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). - Ivan Rakitic has opened up about his relationship with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez while at Barca, - The Croatian midfielder left Barcelona after he was told he will not be part of Ronald Koeman's plans, - Rakitic has rejoined Sevilla while Suarez is also on the verge of leaving the Camp Nou outfit this summer. "I'm very thankful for how they've treated me over the years.". I'm very thankful for how they've treated me over the years.". I've always got on incredibly well and have the utmost respect for them. Midfielder Ivan Rakitic revealed that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were not his close friends during his six-year stint in Barcelona. In fact, the Sevilla midfielder made it a point to mention that he respects them greatly for what they've achieved on the football pitch. Lionel Messi was very nearly part of a group of senior players that have left or are on their way out of Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic has admitted he was never close friends with Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez during his time at Camp Nou. 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Despite enjoying Champions League glory together in 2015 and claiming four LaLiga titles, he admits there was only 'respect' between himself and the club's star duo. But he also made it clear the respect and admiration he had for the both of them and what they achieved together, amid rumours that he never got on with them. He has since moved to Sevilla, after accepting a massive pay-cut to leave Barcelona. Rakitic this … Rakitic played 106 times for Croatia, scoring 15 goals and reaching the 2018 World Cup final. The Croatian midfielder spoke to 'El Desmarque' and was asked about his relationship with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, two players who he allegedly never got on well with. PAY ATTENTION: Become a member of the leading sports Facebook group 'Naija Football Fan Zone'. Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Legit.ng News on your Facebook News Feed! Speaking to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, he made a huge revelation about his chemistry with Messi and Suarez. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. And since then he began shopping for a new club. Suarez, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Nelson Semedo were among the high-profile departures following new manager Ronald Koeman's arrival. "My closest friends were Andres Iniesta, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Junior Firpo last season". “My closest friends were Andres Iniesta, [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen, [Kevin-Prince] Boateng and Junior Firpo last season. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. “But I respect them both. IVAN RAKITIC has revealed that he was never that close with Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez during his time at the Nou Camp. Ivan Rakitic has admitted he was never close friends with Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez during his time at Camp Nou. 'I've said my side,' Rakitic told El Desmarque. Ivan Rakitic has admitted he was never close friends with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during his six years playing alongside them at Barcelona. Reports in Spain on Monday claimed the Uruguayan had terminated his contract there after being told he was not part of the Dutchman's plans. They then play Levante before Rakitic will return to Camp Nou for an away fixture at Barcelona on October 4. 'During the coronavirus lockdown, we've all been very close together, almost neighbours. Rakitic's new club Sevilla are set to start the 2020-21 season with a UEFA Super Cup game against Bayern Munich and will then play Cadiz in their first domestic fixture. Ivan Rakitic is one of the influential footballers that left Barcelona this summer and the Croatian midfielder has claimed he was never close pals with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. 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Throughout Rakitic’s time with Barcelona, he played in 310 games and scored 35 goals, along with 42 assists. Former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has surprisingly revealed that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were not his close friends during his six-year stint in Barcelona. LUIS SUAREZ has joined Atletico Madrid following six glorious years at Barcelona. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. They were my team-mates for six years and are very important players. Ivan Rakitic (right) says he was never close friends with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. “My relationship with them was never one of my close friends. Despite the trio's success domestically and in Europe, he admitted their relationship was based around respect rather than friendship. The comments below have not been moderated. ', The Croatian has ended his six-year stay at Barcelona to rejoin his former club Sevilla. Former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted that was never 'close friends' with former teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. While Messi stayed against his will, Luis Suarez has departed for Atletico Madrid, following Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Nelson Semedo out of … To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. It was a huge honor to have had the chance to represent my country, Croatia, at the international level and in the most prestigious competitions. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Ivan, who is earning considerably less than what he was on at Barça, will have an important role at Sevilla this season. For other inquiries, Contact Us. The striker is now being linked with a move to Atletico Madrid. View our online Press Pack. Lionel Messi was very nearly part of a group of senior players that have left or are on their way out of Barcelona. Speaking to El Desmarque about his time at Barcelona, Rakitic said: However, Rakitic insisted that the lack of a close-knit bond with the duo didn't necessarily indicate that he was on bad terms with them. Ivan Rakitic is one of the influential footballers that left Barcelona this summer and the Croatian midfielder has claimed he was never close pals with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. I've always got on incredibly well and have the utmost respect for them. Rakitic who spent six years with La Blaugrana and won four La Liga titles as well as the Champions League claims he only respects Messi and Suarez but was never friends with them. However, La Liga and Barcelona insisted that he would not be allowed to leave on a free as stipulated on his contract. “My relationship with them was never one of close friends. 'But I respect them both. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. 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The 32-year-old rejoined his former club Seviall during the summer window after being told he was surplus to requirement at the Camp Nou by Ronald Koeman. “My relationship with them was never one of my close friends. Rakitic won 16 major trophies at Barcelona, including four La Liga titles and the Champions League. "I enjoyed every game that I played with my country and the unforgettable moments of the World Cup will remain among my favourite memories of my life.". I believe that's hard in a group of 23 or 24 players. Luis Suarez is furious with Barcelona after they backtracked on a deal to see him join Atletico Madrid for free, sources have told @samuelmarsden and @moillorens: https://t.co/le54mACcAr pic.twitter.com/3L87aYYciQ. The 33-year-old was informed by the Catalans' new boss Ronald Koeman that he is no longer wanted at Camp Nou. Instead, interested clubs would have to pay out the entire €700 million should they seek to complete the transfer. The move will see the 32-year-old head back to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium where he plied his trade before moving to the Camp Nou. Also Read | Barcelona Chief Josep Maria Bartomeu Reveals Why He Couldn’t Let Lionel Messi Leave, Rakitic recently left Barcelona and also played his last game for national side Croatia. Rakitic relata su relación con Messi y Suárez. “During the coronavirus lockdown, we've all been very close together, almost neighbours. 'My relationship with them was never one of close friends. Ivan Rakitic insists Barcelona remain "the best option for all players" but admits he does not know whether Lionel Messi will leave the club. Luis Suarez has been deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Ronald Koeman, but it remains to be seen if he will leave the club after a deal with Juventus broke down. The Uruguay legend was released by the Catalan side, leaving Lionel Messi … My closest friends were Andres Iniesta, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Junior Firpo last season.". "I respect them both. Along with Messi and Suarez, he won four La liga titles and one Champions League from 2014-2020. 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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Barcelona have reportedly planning to stop Luis Suarez from joining fellow Spanish League outfit Atletico Madrid before the end of this transfer window. Messi attempted to … Copyright © 2020 Goal.com All rights reserved. However, the Croat had only praise for the two icons of Barcelona - Messi and Suarez. Despite not being the closest in the group, Rakitic mentioned that they still keep in touch. They were my team-mates for six years and are very important players. Ivan Rakitic has admitted he was never close friends with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during his six years playing alongside them at Barcelona. The Croatia playmaker brought his six-year spell in Catalonia to an end earlier in the transfer window, rejoining former club Sevilla in a cut-price deal. PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Legit.ng News on your Facebook News Feed! @HNS_CFF #IvanRakitic pic.twitter.com/6fAl5qJpPZ. Along with Messi and Suarez, he won four La liga titles and one Champions League from 2014-2020. … I've always got on incredibly well and have the utmost respect for them." "Saying goodbye to the national team is the most difficult decision of my career, but I felt that it was the moment when I had to break through and make that decision," he said in a statement. ", City star Ruben Dias' stunning girlfriend April Ivy is a pop star with a No1 hit, Lazio want Man Utd's Pereira and Mata after David Silva move collapses, Aouar '£45.5m new offer', Partey on bench in Atletico victory, Jorginho LATEST, Watch Ronaldo 'leap like prime Jordan' with amazing record-breaking header, Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Follow all the latest news from Old Trafford, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. With La Liga having already gotten underway, they will be playing catchup when they play their first domestic fixture at Cadiz on September 28. Rakitic Offers Messi Advice Barcelona’s pre-season preparations are currently being overshadowed by uncertainty over the future of captain Lionel Messi. Also Read | Lionel Messi Could MISS First El Clasico This Season If He Prioritises Argentina WC Games. “My relationship with … Published: 07:06 BST, 22 September 2020 | Updated: 09:02 BST, 22 September 2020. Ivan Rakitic's latest post has seemingly irritated Lionel Messi fans who slammed the Croatian midfielder on social media. The Croatian brought his time at the Nou Camp to an end this summer by sealing a return to Sevilla. The 32-year-old rejoined his former club Seviall during the summer window after being told he was surplus to requirement at the Camp Nou by Ronald Koeman. They were my team-mates for six years and are very important players. Rakitic will return to the Camp Nou when Sevilla take on Barcelona on October 4. Earlier this summer, the 32-year-old returned to his former club Sevilla and in recent discussions has admitted he was never close friends with either Messi or Suarez. But after being humilaited by Bayern Munich in Europe last season, Rakitic was one of the first high-profile casualties to get the axe under new manager Ronald Koeman. Transfer News RECAP: Wolves close in on £35m right back... Luis Suarez 'TERMINATES his contract at Barcelona' as they... Arturo Vidal arrives in Italy as he closes in on move to... A Lionel Messi-spearheaded tactical switch, dominating the touchline and trusting the kids: How Ronald... LIVE: Fulham vs Aston Villa - Scott Parker's start to the season goes from bad to worse as visitors net... Manchester United 'WILL let Daniel James leave for Leeds United... but only if they complete a move for... 'Sam Allardyce was no longer the England football team manager. Rakitic opens up on situation with Messi and Suarez at Barcelona. 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