Setien: Rakitic did not ask to leave

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Barcelona coach Quique Setien has insisted that midfielder Ivan Rakitic has never asked to leave the club, despite the Croatian statements that he is not happy with the way he has been treated.

Ivan Rakitic’s contract with Barcelona will expire in 2021 and he has criticized the way the La Liga club has handled him during this time as he approaches the end of his contract.

Barcelona coach Setien says he is unaware that the 32-year-old wanted to leave and said he was pleased with the Croatian’s performances this season.

“I have no information that Rakitic wants to leave the club and he did not tell me that. And for as long as a I am the coach, he has played a lot and is continuing to do so. “he told El Larguero on Thursday.

“I am just happy with his performance and I have nothing to say. We have to wait to see what happens and whether he wants to leave or not. ”

Rakitic recently stated that his future may be far from Camp Nou, as he asked not to be treated like a “potato bag” anymore.

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