Ivan Rakitic is expected to leave Seville for Saudi Arabia.
Fabrizio Romano, a transfer market expert, said on his SNS on the 28th (Korea time), “Lakitić told his Sevilla team and teammates that he would leave. He accepted Saudi Al-Sabashab’s offer. Now the official process is under way. A medical test is scheduled for this weekend and he is expected to head to Saudi Arabia on Monday.”
Rakitic is a 35-year-old Croatian midfielder. He played for FC Basel (Switzerland) and Schalke 04 (Germany) before joining Sevilla in 2011. Rakitic quickly began to show his presence. He played more than 30 matches in Spain’s La Liga every season and contributed significantly to his team’s goal production as an attacking midfielder.
Rakitic, in particular, played in 34 La Liga matches in the 2013-14 season, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists. He also played 14 UEFA Europa League matches in that season, helping Sevilla lift the trophy.
As a result, Barcelona showed interest. Although he led Barcelona’s golden age, such as Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, some players were preparing for twilight of their careers, and Rakitic was appointed as a substitute.
Unlike his time with Sevilla, Rakitic was a link between offense and defense in the midfield, and displayed plays that enabled Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar to attack comfortably. Naturally, he failed to increase many points in offense, but he was clearly a key midfielder.
However, there was a wind of change in the summer of 2020. Barcelona, which failed to win a match in the 2019-20 season, appointed Ronald Koeman as its new head coach in place of Cicke Setien. Koeman predicted a massive reshuffle of the team. Rakitic also became more likely to move to the team as a scapegoat for the reshuffle, and his return to Sevilla ended up being made possible. 라바카지노도메인
After returning to Seville, Rakitic was a key midfielder and captain for Sevilla until the first half of this season. He played in 18 La Liga matches in the first half and scored two goals and one assist. However, his contract was scheduled to expire after the end of the season, and he seems to have decided to move after receiving an offer from Al Shabab during the January transfer window. Al Shabab is a team that Kim Seung-gyu plays for.