Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been the latest to appear on Jorge Valdano’s TV show, where he has opened up about his frustrating season with the Blaugrana.
Having been a first-team regular since joining the club, Barcelona tried using Rakitic in negotiations for Neymar this summer and, since the beginning of the season, he has had to make do with a place on the bench.
“How does my little girl feel when her toy is taken away?” Rakitic pondered on Movistar’s ‘Universo Valdano’.
“Sad. I feel the same way. They have taken the ball away from me – I feel sad.”
Rakitic has been one of Barcelona’s best performers since arriving from Sevilla in the summer of 2014 and he believes that he still has something left in the tank.