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Barcelona midfielder Rakitic drops transfer bombshell

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic admits he is frustrated with his lack of minutes.

Ernesto Valverde has instead preferred to utilise the talents of Arthur Melo, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets for the most part, and Rakitic has been totally left out in the cold.

"I want to play, I didn't stay in Barcelona just to enjoy the city and walk on the beach," Rakitic explained to Croatian media sources.

"I don't know what will happen, I want to play for Barcelona and I will do my best to change this situation in the next few matches.

"I have a contract for a couple of years and there is no better place to play than at Barcelona, the best club in the world."

After having been rumoured to be part of any deal which brought Neymar back to the Camp Nou, Rakitic has made clear that he did indeed speak to Barcelona's president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, about his future.

"I talked to the people inside the club," he added.

"Everyone knew the other options I had, it wasn't a secret.

"I still want the best for Barcelona, but I want to fight so that the whole team sees that I'm ready every single time I go out onto the pitch.

"I want to thank the fans for this past weekend [where they showed their support for Rakitic in the game against Sevilla], but if it becomes clear that nothing can change, there will be another discussion."

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