Barcelona midfielder Rakitic - 'I enjoy playing.'

The midfielder has been confined to a bit-part role at the Camp Nou.

Ivan Rakitic is clearly unhappy with his current situation at Barcelona, insisting the LaLiga champions have "taken my ball".


The midfielder has been confined to a bit-part role at the Camp Nou, starting only one of his seven LaLiga appearance this season following the big-money arrival of Netherlands star Frenkie de Jong.


Asked about his current situation at Barca in an interview with Universo Valdano on Movistar, Rakitic said as Marca reported: "How can I enjoy it? It's like I've said many times, how does my little daughter feel when you take a toy from here?


"She feels sad. Well, I feel the same. They took my ball. I feel sad."


The 31-year-old added: "I understand and respect the decisions of the coach or a club or whatever, but I think I've given a lot in these five years and I've been at my peak here.


"And what I want is to be able to continue enjoying, that is the most important thing for me. I enjoy playing.


"I'm 31 years old, I'm not 38, and I feel at my best."


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