'Worried' Rakitic wants Barca renewal

By Sacha Pisani 20 January 2017 138
'Worried' Rakitic wants Barca renewal

Ivan Rakitic is "worried" about his reduction in game time but the midfielder is ready to sign a new deal with Barcelona.

Rakitic has fallen down the pecking order at Camp Nou and continues to be linked with a move away from defending LaLiga champions.

The 28-year-old Croatia international - under contract until 2019 - did start in Thursday's 1-0 win at Real Sociedad in the first leg of their quarter-final Copa del Rey fixture and he provided an update on his future plans post-match.

"I hope that I can continue here for many years. I want to renew my contract with Barcelona," Rakitic said.

"I am worried because I always want to play but I have absolute confidence in the coach. I need to work but I'm confident."

Rakitic has made 13 LaLiga appearances for Barca this season, 10 of those as a starter with two goals scored.

The former Sevilla midfielder has played 24 matches in all competitions.

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