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Barcelona Exit: Rakitic Departs for Former Club Sevilla

Barcelona Exit: Rakitic Departs for Former Club Sevilla Photo: TT
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has re-joined Europa League winners FC Sevilla on a four-year deal after six seasons with Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Rakitic, 32, spent three-and-a-half years previously with Sevilla from 2011 to 2014, before signing with Barcelona where he made more than 300 appearances.

The Croatia international had slipped down the pecking order at Camp Nou in 2019-20 and opted to return to Sevilla where he was the captain as they won the 2013-14 Europa League. The deal is worth 1.5m euros plus 9m euros in variables.

In a club statement, the Catalans said: “FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Rakitic for his commitment and dedication and wishes him good luck and success in the future.”

Rakitic’s wife is from Seville and he’s always held an affinity to the club where his career launched on a global level after earlier spells with Basel and Schalke.

New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman had been open about the fact that Rakitic wasn’t part of his plans moving forward.

Rakitic didn’t report to Barcelona’s resumption of training on Monday, along with Lionel Messi who is publicly known to want out of the club.

The departure of the Croatian wasn’t unexpected but it marks one of the first evolutions of Barcelona as the club strives to move forward after their underwhelming 2019-20 campaign under Quique Setien.

Rakitic won four La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys, one UEFA Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup during his time with Barca.

Ben somerford
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