Ivan Rakitic left Barcelona for Sevilla just a week ago.
And for that reason, he is now ready to talk about what was going wrong at Barcelona. Rakitic admitted that there were things and decisions made at the Catalan club which he didn’t ‘understand’.
“The time had come for me to leave Barcelona,” Rakitic told El Partidazo de COPE and Radio MARCA.
“I’m going back to Sevilla with excitement, and I’m looking forward to getting started and helping the team.
“[Lionel] Messi and I were not best friends, but we always got along.
“He didn’t talk to me about his departure. I found out in the press.”
Rakitic further spoke about his position being replaced by Arturo Vidal due to him being better friends with Lionel Messi.
“I don’t know,” he said.
“I was always available to play, and decisions were made that I didn’t understand.
“But I went along with them for the team.”
Asked if his new side could land Messi, the midfielder said: “We would find him a place, no problem.
“No, seriously, I think it is nice to see how the club is growing. Always humble. And this is also what is attractive to me.
“I want to work, fight with my team-mates for making Sevilla even bigger. So, fight, work and I am looking forward to start right now.”