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Iniesta pronounces on the future of Rakitic: "He is a great player"

Published:1/11/2019 - 11:05h

Updated:1/11/2019 - 11:05h

A legend of the FC Barcelona, Andrés Iniesta, has opined on the situation of Ivan Rakitic in the team and also has valued the irruption of players like Arthur, De Jong and Ansu Fati

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In an interview conceded to the newspaper 'Mark', Andrés Iniesta has pronounced on diverse subjects related with the actuality of the FC Barcelona, between them the future of Ivan Rakitic. The manchego is of which think that the Croatian midfield player still is a player 'top' and has a lot that offer to the Barça, by what does not agree in that it do the cases.

"It would not leave him leave, is a jugadorazo", says Iniesta, remembering that "what has been doing during all this time has been glorious. This year it is not having the leadership that had previously but this does not remove that it was a jugadorazo". It understands, this yes, that Rakitic have lost leadership in the Barcelona because of the irruption of young midfield players of a big talent, as they are Arthur and Of Jong.

"They seem me two exceptional players, with a lot of weight inside the field. The idea of game have it. They control the time, the balloon, the situation... Sure that have a big ancestry inside the team. The question is that all the gear work with Busi, Rakitic and all the people of the half", analyses Andrés Iniesta, that thinks that all the midfield players could follow converging in the staff.

"If Neymar goes back to the Barça, do not know how could fit inside tantísimos players of tantísimo level"

Also it has spoken on Ansu Fati, that this past Thursday fulfilled 17 years and is called to be an important footballer, in the long run, in the FC Barcelona. "A very positive irruption by what means. It is a player of the quarry, young and that it can have opportunities. The important is that it take advantage of the opportunities. Be in the first team is very difficult, therefore when have minutes has to take advantage of them".

And it would love him that the FC Barcelona was able to conquer the third triplete of his history after the harvested with Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, although it knows that it is something very complicated. "It would love me that the Barça did another 'triplete' but there is a lot of equality in all the competitions. We saw it the year happened with the English teams in Champions League. This year also they go well. The Bayern, the PSG, the Juventus... There is a lot of candidates although, as I have said, would love me that the Barça achieved another triplete".

Desconoce If Neymar Jr will finish returning to the FC Barcelona, although has clear that if it is like this the Brazilian will turn into a very notable piece. "I do not know how they went exactly these negotiations neither what will happen. If Ney arrives in the future, sure that it will be a very important piece the only that do not know how could arrive to fit inside tantísimos players of tantísimo level".

The Real Madrid arrived to tantear to Iniesta

Finally, it admits that it had contacts with the Real Madrid and that the whites tantearon his signing, although never it treated of at all serious because he had the convencimiento to continue in the FC Barcelona. "Contact always there is. Already I said it, it is not something new. At the end, the people that surrounds you receives informations, receives calls... But no because it was the Madrid but because they also had, no during all the stage, contacts of other places". Iniesta, was as it was, always was happy in the Barça. Until the day of his farewell.

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