Rakitic leaves Barcelona to rejoin Sevilla


Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has re-joined La Liga side Sevilla from Barcelona on a four-year deal.

Rakitic enjoyed a six-year spell at Camp Nou during which Barca won four league titles, four Copa del Rey trophies, the Champions League and Club World Cup.

The 32-year-old returns to Los Palanganas where he played from 2011-2014, prior to his move to the Nou Camp.

“Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who will return to the club for a second spell after his first spell at the club between January 2011 and June 2014,” Sevilla said in a statement.

Spanish media reported that Rakitic, who had one year left on his contract, was not part of new Barca coach Ronald Koeman’s plans for next season.

It has also been reported that Koeman has also told Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal and French defender Samuel Umtiti they are no longer wanted.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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