The Sevilla sporting director has poured cold water on rumors linking Ivan Rakitic with a return from Barcelona this summer.
Once an indispensable cog in the Barcelona midfield, Rakitic has found himself on the back burner this season and linked with a return to Sevilla.
The 32-year-old made his name in La Liga with the Andalusian club, making 149 appearances in a three-year spell. He even had a role in Sevilla’s 2013/14 Europa League success.
Those fine performances led to Barcelona signing him in 2014 for €18m. Rakitic proved to be great value for money by contributing 35 goals and 42 assists in 310 games. He’s even won 13 trophies at Camp Nou, including four La Liga titles and a Champions League.
— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) August 7, 2020
It appears the Croatia international may be surplus to requirements this summer, though. With less than a year on his contract, Barcelona may well be tempted to sell. Especially to help ease the burden of their bubbling financial problems.
Contrary to recent claims, however, Rakitic insists he remains content and only seeks clarity over his position.
But should the 32-year-old have to leave Catalonia this summer, Monchi confessed that Sevilla is an unlikely destination.
“Ivan is a player who, from what he declares, would like to return to Sevilla today, tomorrow or in two years,” the sporting director told Diario de Sevilla.
“That I personally would like him to return? Would I particularly like it to work out so that he could come back? I don’t hide the fact that he is my friend.
“Are those possibilities realistic? At the moment, it looks difficult to me, if not impossible.
“It is so complicated economically, that I do not see it. We always carry out our planning in secret.”
Sevilla are currently preparing for their Europa League quarter-final clash with Wolves on Tuesday night.