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Barcelona want to sell Ivan Rakitic in the January window transfer

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Barcelona are hoping to sell Ivan Rakitic in January, but a move will ultimately depend on the Croatian midfielder, according to EveningStandard.

Rakitic was available in the summer and attracted interested from a number of clubs at the end of the transfer window, but the 31-year-old decided to stay and fight for his place at Camp Nou.

Having been first choice ever since he arrived in the summer of 2014, Rakitic has seen his opportunities limited this term, in which he has started only one game.

That was the disappointing 2-0 defeat in Granada in September and the former Sevilla midfielder has made just six brief appearances as a substitute since.

“How can I enjoy myself?” Rakitic said in an interview with Movistar this week. “How would my little daughter feel if they took away her toy? Sad. I feel the same. They have taken the ball from me. I feel sad.”

Barca had hoped Rakitic would leave late in the summer window after he featured sparingly at the start of the season, but the Croatian had appeared confident of earning a place in the starting line-up despite the arrival of Frenkie de Jong. “He doesn’t play in my position. My place is occupied,” he said in pre-season.

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