‘I’m not here for the beach’ – Rakitic fires Barcelona warning

first_imgIvan Rakitic has suggested that if he does not earn more game time at Barcelona, he could seek to leave the club imminently.He had been linked with a summer exit, with Juventus apparently closest to signing him, but Inter have reportedly been alerted to his unrest.The San Siro side, meanwhile, will have had their ears pricked by his latest statements, in which he has indicated his desire to fight for a spot in the team while equally suggesting he is open to a move if he cannot feature regularly, having notably been left out of the squad to face Sevilla before the international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Away with Croatia at present, Rakitic admitted his future at club level is uncertain.”I don’t know what will happen now,” Rakitic said. “It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team. I will do everything possible to change my situation.”I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.“I spoke with people at the club, everyone knew I had other options.”I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch. I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changes, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again.”Rakitic joined Barca in 2014 from Sevilla and has since played 274 matches for the Catalan side, while scoring 34 goals and laying on another 37.During his time with the club, he has won four Primera Division titles, the Copa del Rey four times and the 2015 Champions League.At international level, meanwhile, he has turned out over 100 times for Croatia, with his most notable achievement finishing as a runner-up in the 2018 World Cup to France, during which he and team-mate Luka Modric won critical acclaim for their classy midfield displays.Before returning to Barcelona, he will play Euro 2020 qualifiers against Hungary and Wales for his country.last_img read more

Boys basketball: Seton Catholic 75, Castle Rock 29

first_imgBoys basketball: Seton Catholic 75, Castle Rock 29 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO Tags Castle Rock RocketsSeton Catholic Cougars Share: The Cougars are locked in the Trico League’s No. 3 spot into next week’s District IV tournament and travel for a first-round district game.First-year coach Kris Small praised his team’s energy, defense, and communication.“Our guys really answered the call,” he said.Gabe Anderson had a game-high 22 points for Seton and Delano Morgan added 13.SETON CATHOLIC 75, CASTLE ROCK 29SETON CATHOLIC — Isaiah Parker 2, Kellen Ball 6, Luke Pitzer 8, Hayden Miller 6, Malik Williams 8, Gabe Anderson 22, Delano Morgan 13, Andrew Olson 8, Griffin Young 2. Totals 31 (9) 4-4 75.CASTLE ROCK — Connor Edwards 7, Caleb Mullen 2, Skyler King 3, Ethan Perdue 3, Jacob Holliday 0, Michael Gaze 0, Landon Gardner 10, Coleman Guerrero 0, Jonny Boissonault, Tate Creed 2, Patridge 2. Totals 11 (3) 7-9 29.Seton 24 22 19 10–75C.Rock 9 4 11 5–29JV — Seton won. Published: January 30, 2019, 9:15pm Share: The Columbianlast_img read more