Ivan Rakitic is still regarded as one of the most influential players in the Barcelona midfield. Even though in recent times, his opportunities at the Catalan club have been limited by others, still he considers Barcelona as his most important priority. But, he would not let any other options if they are available.

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In an interview with Cope and Radio Marca, Rakitic expressed his opinion.

Here are the excerpts:

On options other than Barcelona

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What I want is to think about Barcelona, but I have never closed the door to big chances. When we sign a contract, it’s with the idea of fulfilling it, also with the idea that I want to play, but I’m calm.

On staying-and-leaving Barcelona rumour

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I would have liked that at some point someone from the club would have come out publicly and said that Rakitic was staying, to just end the rumours. [Barcelona president] Bartomeu hasn’t told me anything, we haven’t spoken. Perhaps he is listening to us today and will call me tomorrow.

On Lautaro Martinez coming to Barcelona

If Lautaro has to come, I will be delighted, but I have nothing to do with it.