Don't treat me like a bag of potatoes, Rakitic tells Barcelona

BARCELONA: Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic He has criticized his club for his recent treatment of him and for trying to force his departure last year.

The Croatian has been at Barça since 2014, but has fallen out of favor with this campaign due to the arrival of Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong and has only started 10 of Barça's 27 La Liga matches.

I understand the situation, but I am not a bag of potatoes with which you can do anything, the 32-year-old told the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

I want to be in a place where I feel loved and respected. If that is here, then I will be delighted, but if it is somewhere else, it will be me who decides where, not anyone else.

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Rakitic confirmed that he refused to move to Paris St Germain last year as part of an agreement to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou .

He also spoke of his disappointment at losing his place on the team this season, but insisted that he wants to see his contract, which ends in 2021, and would mean that Barça would not be able to earn a transfer fee since his departure.

Last year was the best of the six I have had here and it bothered me the way I was treated. I was very surprised and didn't understand it. The results have not been the best and I haven't played much, that's why I felt hurt, he said.

I had a very strange first half of the season, it was very uncomfortable and surprising for me. But I hope I can finish this last year of my contract.

Currently, Barcelona occupies the first place in the La Liga classification, which is suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.