Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted that he feels ‘sad’ due to his current situation at the club over a lack of playing time.
Our mercato expert Vito Angele recently revealed that the Rossoneri’s owners Elliott Management are willing to invest in experienced players in the winter window.
The team are currently sat in 14th place in the Serie A table having lost seven games out of 12 to begin the season and are in dire need of some leadership to help an inexperienced group.
One player repeatedly linked with a move to Milan over the last few weeks is Rakitic, with Calciomercato.com even reporting that the Croatian is compatriot Zvonomir Boban’s ‘dream signing’ for the January window.
Tuttosport reported on Monday that a move for Rakitic is becoming increasingly tough for the Diavolo to pull off due to wage demands and the potential transfer formula, while the same outlet placed his valuation at €30m.
Nonetheless, the 31-year-old has offered interested clubs hope by revealing just how upset he is by his current situation.
“How can I enjoy it? It’s like I’ve said many times, how does my little daughter feel when you take a toy from here? She feels sad. Well, I feel the same. They took my ball. I feel sad,” he is quoted as saying by Bleacher Report.
“I understand and respect the decisions of the coach or a club or whatever, but I think I’ve given a lot in these five years and I’ve been at my peak here. And what I want is to be able to continue enjoying, that is the most important thing for me. I enjoy playing. I’m 31 years old, I’m not 38, and I feel at my best.”
Rakitic has made 10 appearances for the Catalan giants across LaLiga and the Champions League so far this season, amassing one assist.
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