Rakitic offers his opinion on Barça mentor Valverde’s future

Ivan Rakitic has offered his opinion on the debate surrounding Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona future, making it unmistakable he wants the manager to stay on.

Valverde’s deal is up in the summer but he does have an option to extend it by an additional year. The manager says a choice will be made with the club later in the season.

« It’s an issue for the boss and the club , » Rakitic said. « We’re extremely content with him and the entire instructing setup.

« The most normal [scenario] would be that he continues with us, yet we need to concentrate on our activity, which is playing and winning football games. Let them [the club and Valverde] decide what’s for the best. »

Rakitic played as the most profound midfielder on Sunday as Barça beat Getafe and he was delighted to start the calendar year with three points.

« All teams struggle against Getafe, » he added. « They’re a strong, compact team. Their mentor [Bordalas] recognizes what he needs to do and his team are well drilled

« It’s a critical success and we need to continue following this way. We go home happy and now prepare for what’s to come. »


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