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Rakitic during the first match of the League at Camp Nou / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Ivan Rakitic believes that “Luis Enrique has very clear ideas” and that he is a coach that “prepares every detail.” The blaugrana number 4 says in an interview with uefa.com that his performances do not just depend on him but also on the players that surround him: “We all need to do well so that the car goes.”

The midfielder also spoke about what having signed for Barça means: “Wearing this shirt is a dream come true, it’s a marvellous feeling. Every kid dreams about coming here.” The Croat explained that when he put pen to paper, “my only thought was of sharing a dressing room with players like these.” When I arrived my only thought was of sharing a dressing room with players like these He looks at the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets, midfielders like him. “I want to learn from them, as players and as people. They are footballers who have won everything. I know that I have things to learn and I am always looking to take a step forward. You can show your potential if you feel happy and at home, I have felt that way since my first day at Barcelona.”

In the interview Rakitic also looked back at his footballing past. “I will never forget my beginnings at Basel, I have that club in my heart,” he revealed. However, it was with German club Schalke 04 that he made his Champions League debut: “Playing in that competition with Schalke 04, who have a huge fanbase, was something fantastic. For me it was important to have made the transition from the Swiss League to the German League, which is very different and much stronger.” You can show your potential if you feel happy and at home, I have felt that way since my first day To finish, the Barça number 4 looked back at his time with Sevilla with a smile. He ended his career with the Andalusian club by winning the Europa League title, winning the Man of the Match award in that very final: “It was a dream come true. Not just for me but for my entire family.”

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