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Valverde’s treatment almost caused Rakitic to leave Barcelona

Valverde's treatment almost caused Rakitic to leave Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde wasn’t treating Ivan Rakitic the way he wanted and after Sunday’s win over Levante with 2-0, the Croatian international finally burst.

Rakitic was linked to Juventus and Inter for a transfer in January, along with Manchester United and was offered a deal by Paris Saint-Germain too – and he thought he could leave then.

“I thought about leaving in the January window,” Rakitic, who played the entire game, said post-match.

“The treatment of [former head coach Ernesto] Valverde’s staff wasn’t the best.

“I’ve been through some bad times, but it’s now in the past,” the midfielder said after helping Barça beat Levante 2-1 on Sunday. 

“I can say very clearly that things have happened that I have not liked. I have not deserved some of the behaviour (towards me).”  

With regards to a possible exit last month, the Croatian international was also very clear, showing his anger at a situation which has not sat well with him. 

“You (the media) also know how things are, but it’s not the moment to open this issue again, but of course I have planned to leave because it’s been a complicated time.”

He added: “Now I want to turn the page and work hard to help the team in the decisive moment of the season.” 

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