Ivan Rakitic, Croatian star, completes move to Sevilla from Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic, Croatian star, completes move to Sevilla from Barcelona

- Ivan Rakitic has completed a move to Sevilla from Spanish side Barcelona

- Sevilla explained on their website that they are happy to welcome Rakitic back

- The Croatia international signed a four-year deal at La Liga side Sevilla

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Sevilla who are the reigning Europa League champions have announced the signing of Croatia international Ivan Rakitic from rivals Barcelona on a four-year deal.

Ivan Rakitic will now be returning to Sevilla after spending six years with Barcelona winning the Spanish La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League titles with the Catalans.

His exit at the Camp Nou came following the decision of new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman who has told some players to find new club this summer.

Rakitic played for Sevilla between 2011-2014 before he made a glorious move to Barcelona then where he won all titles.

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Before leaving Sevilla, Ivan Rakitic was already a Europa League winner and it is only the World Cup title that is missing in his cabinet.

Last two years in Russia, Ivan Rakitic and his teammates at the Croatia national team reached the World Cup final for the first time, but they lost against France.

Ivan Rakitic will be leaving the Camp Nou with great memories after making 310 appearances in which he scored 35 goals and 42 assists for Barcelona in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Barcelona chiefs are still battling with the future of Lionel Messi who has told them that he wants to leave this summer.

Ivan Rakitic, Croatian star, completes move to Sevilla from Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic, Croatian star, completes move to Sevilla from Barcelona (photo: Getty)
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi would not change his mind about leaving Barcelona this summer after handing a transfer request, according to presidential candidate Toni Freixa.

There have been controversies surrounding Messi's decision after his annoucement but the Freixa believes it will do little or nothing to stop the Argentine.

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Freixa is among the candidates looking to take over from Josep Maria Bartomeu in next year's elections beleives Messi's potential reunion with pep Guardiola at Man City is the best decision made by forward.

According Cadena Se,City will offer Messi an initial two-year contract, with the club's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, already in Spain to finalize the deal.

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