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Talent Scout: Ivan Rakitic – World Soccer

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Expertise Scout: Ivan Rakitic (November 2007) 

Earlier this yr Switzerland misplaced the companies of considered one of Europe’s most promising gamers when midfielder Ivan Rakitic opted to play for Croatia, his mother and father’ homeland, somewhat than the nation the place he was born and introduced up. And the teenager, who had performed for the Swiss Underneath-16, 17 and 19 sides, was subjected to dying threats due to his determination.

However Rakitic’s future with Croatia is vivid.

Change: Rakitic obtained dying threats after deciding to play for Croatia, not Switzerland (Getty Photographs)

His finesse, penchant for spectacular targets 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 huge golf equipment as Barcelona and Milan lining as much as signal him this summer season.

However whereas Rakitic admits he was sorely tempted to go 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.

On the face of it, the transfer ticked all of the packing containers. He could be taking part in at a better normal within the Bundesliga, there was much less hazard of him falling sufferer to squad rotation and he spoke the language.

“Schalke are a large membership with an enormous following and the ambition to fight for the league title and compete within the Champions League,” mentioned 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 sensible choice of membership, that I’ll study and develop right here.” German golf equipment should not 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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