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Rakitic hints at Barcelona exit over lack of game time

Premier League clubs could be alerted after Ivan Rakitic hinted he could look to leave Barcelona over a lack of playing time.

The Croatia international has started just once – the 2-0 defeat at Granada – in the club’s opening eight La Liga fixtures, having fallen behind the likes of Arthur and summer signing Frenkie de Jong in the pecking order at the Camp Nou.

The 31-year-old admits he is unhappy with his current situation at the Spanish giants, and admits he could opt to leave the club should he not manage to secure regular first-team football.

“It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team,” Rakitic told Croatian media outlet 24sata.

“I will do everything possible to change my situation. I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona.

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“It’s the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.”

Rakitic was linked with a summer move away from the club, with the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain having been reportedly interested in his services.

Manchester United have also been tentatively linked, and while the Croatian would undoubtedly add quality to the Red Devils midfield, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s policy of targeting emerging talent could scupper a move to Old Trafford.

The midfielder has revealed he had opportunities to depart Catalonia after five seasons at the club and could explore his options once more should his current situation not change.

“I spoke with people at the club everyone knew I had other options. I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch,” he added.

“I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changed, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again.”

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