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Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona and Croatia

We picked the Barcelona man to grow to be a star again in November 2007. Try that piece right here.

Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona and Croatia

Welcome to our web page targeted on the Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. We are going to replace you with information concerning the Croatian usually however for now check out our Expertise Scout report from November 2007.

World Cup 2018

Rakitic will kind an important partnership with Luka Modric for Croatia on the World Cup. In a tricky group alongside Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, can they get out of it?

It seems they will with Croatia successful their first two video games towards Nigeria and Argentina.

Expertise Scout (November 2007) 

Earlier this 12 months Switzerland misplaced the companies of certainly one of Europe’s most promising gamers when midfielder Ivan Rakitic opted to play for Croatia, his dad and mom’ homeland, quite than the nation the place he was born and introduced up. And the teenager, who had performed for the Swiss Below-16, 17 and 19 sides, was subjected to loss of life threats due to his determination.

However Rakitic’s future with Croatia is vivid.

Swap: Rakitic acquired loss of life threats after deciding to play for Croatia, not Switzerland (Getty Photographs)

His finesse, penchant for spectacular objectives and dead-ball experience ought to assist Slaven Bilic’s youthful and vibrant aspect attain new heights, beginning with Euro 2008. The midfielder, a graduate of Basle’s youth system and named Switzerland’s younger participant of the 2006-07 season, had such large golf equipment as Barcelona and Milan lining as much as signal him this summer time.

However whereas Rakitic admits he was sorely tempted to move to Camp Nou or the San Siro, he and his agent determined, on reflection, that the wisest step was to signal with German outfit Schalke.

Associated: Expertise Scout Raphael Varane

On the face of it, the transfer ticked all of the containers. He could be enjoying at the next commonplace within the Bundesliga, there was much less hazard of him falling sufferer to squad rotation and he spoke the language.

“Schalke are an enormous membership with an enormous following and the ambition to fight for the league title and compete within the Champions League,” stated Rakitic, who marked his debut for the Ruhr membership with an equaliser of poise and flair away to champions Stuttgart in August.

Daring Name: Rakitic had curiosity from Barcelona and AC Milan, however as a substitute went to Schalke (Getty Photographs)

“I do know I’ve made a good selection of membership, that I’ll be taught and develop right here.” German golf equipment don’t have a historical past of forking out on a whim, £2.9million on this case.

Schalke know they’ve a fine prospect of their midst, conspicuous each in expertise and his blond hair.

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