Updated: Oct 10, 2019
Rakitic has been totally left out in the cold by Valverde.
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic insists that he wants to play more games and he did not join the LaLiga champions to take a 'walk on the beach'.
The Blaugrana have not used the 31-year-old's services as much so far this season as they have looked to their other midfield options; Arthur Melo, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, leaving the Croatia international frustrated about his lack of game-time.
"I want to play, I didn't stay in Barcelona just to enjoy the city and walk on the beach," Rakitic explained to Croatian media sources as Marca reported.
"I don't know what will happen, I want to play for Barcelona and I will do my best to change this situation in the next few matches.
"I have a contract for a couple of years and there is no better place to play than at Barcelona, the best club in the world."