Ivan Rakitic, during a match with the FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou


The secret of an ex of Milan: "I was at Rakitic's house to sign him"

Published:3/04/2020 - 22:10h

Updated:3/04/2020 - 22:10h

The former Milan sports director acknowledged in an interview that he was not far from signing Ivan Rakitic a few years ago. The Croatian was negotiating his renovation and the Milan player came to his house to convince him

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During the brief stage in which Yonghong Li was owner of the Milan, Massimiliano Mirabelli was the sportive director that commissioned of comandar the ship milanista. The Italian tried to do his work the best that could and in the months that was in the place tried fichar to a star of the FC Barcelona. In 2017, Ivan Rakitic had to renew his agreement with the group barcelonista and Mirabelli wanted to put inhalf .

The one of Rende explained in an interview in the portal web 'Calciomercato.com' that took an aeroplane to the City Condal to try convince to the Balkan midfield player that it went to the team lombardo. "Desvelaré Something that never had said him before to anybody. When it worked for him Milan, went to Barcelona to try fichar to Ivan Rakitic. The Croat was negotiating the renewal with the Barça, and expected that it went to evaluate other possibilities for his sportive future", began saying the ex technical secretary of the milanistas.

Mirabelli Recognised that it was in the domicile of Rakitic, although at the end the own blaugrana informed them that it had decided to renew with the Barça. "We arrive to his house and from the garage take an elevator that carried us to his domicile. It was excited, said me that if it had not renewed with Barcelona, would have considered seriously our proposal", ensured.

The ex sportive director of the Milan praised to the Croatian and admitted that this conversation with the Croat left him footprint. "This dialogue marked me, confronted me to a champion that did not have more than the football in his head. It has directed his daily life to his sportive career, from the food until the rest, from the free time until the training. Finally it renewed with the Barcelona, but had the pleasure to know to a big sportsman", explained.

The odd last year of Rakitic in the Barça

As already it knows and like him it explains in his statements, Rakitic expanded his agreement with the Barcelona in the spring of 2017. The ex of the Seville signed an extension until 2021 that would like him have expanded to these heights, but in the club had other plans for him. The Barcelona decided the past year that did not want to go back to renew to the mediocampista and even tried traspasarle to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019.

At the end, the one of Rheinfelden did not move of the Camp Nou and preferred to remain and struggle by a place. The season has been something odd for him, since without apparent reason left to explain for Ernesto Valverde in the beginning of course, suddenly went in little by little and finish like just headline before the cessation of the extremeño. For Quique Setién is an important man in the rotation, but is not indisputable. Thus and because if it does not leave already, it will go free in a year, the Barça him traspasará this summer with security. The Milan, in fact, could be one of his destinations, since they have gone back to show interest in him.

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