Ivan Rakitic today bids farewell to his home Barcelona where he was for the past six years. Rakitic: “Barça is the best club, but the time has come to leave”
Bartomeu kept saying goodbye to him: “I want to say goodbye to a player and a friend. He is the fourth foreign player with the most games, he made history. He won 13 titles with us.”
“It’s hard to choose a moment. There have been many wonderful moments in six years. But I want to go with Berlin where we won the last Champions League. In Japan, we also won the title, the Super Cup, every league, the first cup. I am very happy proud for all this, I have acquired and spread”.
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“Each player analyzes and makes a decision. I already know this is my moment. I don’t know what he or others will do. My departure is going well. I haven’t considered Messi, I haven’t thought about the situation. For me, the first choice is always Barça, but everyone must make a decision and have their own ideas. Everyone has their own ideas. I don’t know what others think.” as quoted by MARCA
“I am proud, grateful, and happy for these years, I have spent many special moments. It is not easy to leave these people, this city, and this team. I don’t know if this is the end of the Barcelona era. Everyone Players will ask themselves if it is his moment and I am leaving.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu
Thank you, Ivan Rakitic, for your commitment and dedication. You have become the foundation of success in the past few years and a model of professionalism. You will always have a home in Barcelona and at Barca.