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Rakitic: "Couldn’t hurt Sevilla"

Ivn Rakitic arrives at three o’clock to the Al Shabab world. And he does it with a smile, greeting colleagues and everyone who approaches him. He looks happy, content. I’m not saying it, he says it, although it is something that is obvious. “Thank you very much for coming, for your interest. I think we are here for the same reason, which is to learn and see what is happening. I am very happy and proud to be here. By taking the step, like everyone, you have not a little bit of fear, but of questions and uncertainty due to not knowing what you can find. The truth is that I am very happy,” says the most Andalusian Croatian on earth.

Ask. What is the first thing you noticed upon arrival in Riyadh?

Answer. Love for football, desire and excitement. That’s why I come with a huge smile every day, wanting to talk to you, to present what’s happening here. They always talk about money, but it’s really nice to see what they are doing, living day to day.

Q. Do you notice excitement about doing things, about growing?

A. Very much. I think that I, and I include almost all foreigners, come to feel that illusion. Before arriving I wanted to read everything that is happening in the country, not in the 2030 vision, but everything they have prepared for their town, for their people and then what they want to transfer. I was left with my mouth open. The great Prince wants to unite the continents, show the world the treasure that Saudi Arabia has. It is being done through sport. It is going to be the center of the sports and football world.

We have to understand that it is not Europe, but it is growing a lot. It’s not like playing at the Sánchez Pizjun, with 40,000 spectators. They are smaller stadiums, but there is a lot of excitement, a lot of desire to see good football.

Q. And football is surprising you? Have you found what you expected?

A. We have to understand that it is not Europe, but it is growing a lot. It’s not like playing in the League on a weekend at the Sánchez Pizjun, with 40,000 spectators. They are smaller stadiums, but there is a lot of excitement, a lot of desire to see good football, to learn and I think that, above all, is the most beautiful thing there is for us. There are many Saudi players with spectacular talent. You have to help them in the tactical aspect and help them understand the profession. They have a lot of respect for me. Let’s go together on the road.

P. Barcelona, ​​Seville and Al Shabab…

A. It is a club that is growing. Al Shabab is the oldest in Arabia, with a prince and a president who love it in a spectacular way. They transmit it to you every day. They are involved in what happens and that is very important to us.

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There are quite a few Spaniards. To a family from Madrid, to a pool coach where the children go, also to a woman from Seville. So we see each other and each one tells a little bit of their story.

Q. How about a Sevillian here, in Riyadh?

A Very good. I met the coaches of the Saudi women’s team, who are also Spanish. There are quite a few Spaniards. To a family from Madrid, to a pool coach where the children go, also to a woman from Seville. So we see each other and each one tells a little bit of their story. What we do have to do is teach them a little more about what salmorejo and gazpacho are.

Q. That’s what I was going to tell you, have you found it yet?

A. We are working on it. There are good tomatoes. I just entered my house, with the family. It’s only been a few days and now we are fixing the house, the school and all that. Now I come with the smile of seeing the family. It shows, right? The other day he invited the entire Spanish embassy to a game. We make a group with everyone.

Q Ivn, what do you have left to do in football?

A. A lot, because I live football the same as when I arrived at Sevilla at 21 years old, or when I started at 16 or 17 years old at Basel. Illusion. I live football and that’s why I decided to come here. I never wanted to be bad or be a problem in the club, because that would not be allowed for me. For the love I have for that club and for my city, Seville, for my people and that is why I decided to take this step. Feeling the joy of my colleagues here when they see me, they want to listen to me, ask me questions and I want to transfer everything that I was able to learn in my career, in my career of 17, 18 years. I want to help take the next step and in 15 years say, look, all that started with me. Every day, when I wake up, I have a message from the sports director, from the president asking how things are, how is the family, let’s go here, let’s go there and that is the hope with which I wake up every day.

P. Toni Kroos has returned to the German team. Are you considering something similar?

A. Above all, I respect Toni’s decision, the coach calls you… They called me and we talked, that’s true. The first thing they said in Croatia is if Toni can do it, I can do it. I have already seen it in several comments. I don’t think about it. Firstly out of respect, because I think that the boys who managed to qualify for the Euro Cup deserve to play in it, right? They deserve support from outside. The minister also invited me. Now, in two weeks, they are going to be here next door, in Abu Dhabi playing friendlies, and they asked me to visit them to be with them. The Croatian team can always, but always, count on my support for everything.

If anything happens, they will be able to count on me and the coach and all of Croatia know that. I can’t say no, it’s impossible

Q. Croatia has something special, that feeling…

A. If he calls me tomorrow out of necessity, I hope not, but if anything happens for them to need me in the field, I will be there, of course, one hundred percent. But in the meantime, there are Luka and company, who are at their best. They deserve it because they have played the qualifying matches, they have fought day by day. I repeat, God forbid, if anything happens, they will be able to count on me and the coach, and all of Croatia, know that. I can’t say no, it’s impossible. We have a spectacular group.

What you have to do is enjoy watching him. What his teammates, Madrid, his fans, his president have, is an immense fortune to enjoy Luka

Q. I have to ask you about Luka. What do you think of him? How do you see him from a distance?

A What can I say. First I’m sorry to see him far away. I’m angry with him because he scored against Sevilla. I didn’t like it. I had to go out and score. Luka is lucky for me, and I think for all of us, to be able to enjoy a person like Luka. It makes me a little sad because it seems like he has to prove it every day. He doesn’t have to give us anything else. What you have to do is enjoy watching him. What his teammates, Madrid, his fans, his president have, is an immense fortune to enjoy Luka. I think all the fans of LaLiga and football in general, too. I hope it continues. It is almost impossible to imagine a Madrid or LaLiga without Luka. He is the one who must make the decision. He knows that I love him like an older brother. We have experienced so many things together… he is part of my family, part of me. It will be a pleasure to continue enjoying his magic and his behavior, his smile.

I think the best thing for Sevilla would be to have a calmer entity, more security and then a little more self-love, but all of them. I start with me

Q. Do you still talk to your Sevilla teammates? The situation is calmer.

A. If we have to explain football or especially Sevilla, we are going to be here for hours and hours and hours. Growing so much in football is very difficult unless it is Barcelona or Real Madrid. Few other teams in Europe can always be there. For example, last year, in a difficult year, we ended up winning a Europa League and, above all, the way it was done was special. He was superior to the best in Europe, Manchester, Juve… only Sevilla can do that, in their own way. Then, the bump again, the pressure. I think the best thing for Sevilla would be to have a calmer entity, more security and then a little more self-love, but all of them. I start with me. I watch the games from here and I’m suffering. This situation ends with victories, adding three by three will give you that peace of mind and that necessary confidence. And then the most important thing is the environment of the club, being able to fix everything so that we can all continue together on the same line, transferring all that to the players and with that I am convinced of the change, because there is a spectacular team, players who give everything, who They mean so much to the club and Spanish and European football.

Q It was time to say goodbye, right?

A. That moment is never because you don’t want to leave where you feel at home. That’s not easy, but above all I wanted to make the decision myself. And I think that when a cycle ends it ends and you have to understand it, although sometimes having to accept it hurts, especially when your colleagues ask you not to be like that. I left proud of it. It is important to be able to make the decision yourself. I would never have allowed myself to be a problem. Besides, knowing that with my decision I could help the club… I had a spectacular conversation with the president. José María for me is more than a friend, a family member. I am very grateful to him and we are in contact every day because as I said, that is not goodbye, it is see you later and we will be there for each other.

My home is Seville, the city. That is the love and gratitude that I bring towards the city and my people.

Q Where have you been happiest playing football?

A. Clearly. I am very grateful to Basel, to being able to win everything with Bara, but my home is Sevilla, the city. That is the love and gratitude that I carry towards the city and my people. It’s amazing.

Xavi is a close friend of mine and seeing him suffer hurts my soul.

P. How different was Barcelona?

R. Maybe a little bit. It’s like when you have a girlfriend as a little child and you don’t pay much attention to her, but you don’t realize until you lose her. Real Madrid has been able to do everything well, little by little. Toni and Luca are still there leading the team. Maybe Bara has gone too fast. I am convinced that Gavi and Pedri, who have spectacular talent, are going to be the future of Barcelona and Spanish football, but I think that help from us, as they have called us from the old people, would have been good for them. I am convinced that all those kids like Bellingham and company are very grateful for the daily learning they have with them. It hurts to see it because Bara has been my home for six years and I have a very, very, very special affection for it. Apart from the fact that Xavi is a close friend of mine and seeing him suffer hurts my soul. Seeing it like this hurts me a lot, but I hope they can fix it with the results, which are not as bad as they seem, but especially in a project, everything that happens around it, the money…

Q. I sense that you believe that Madrid is going to dominate.

A. I’m not telling you this season, but that they have done things well to have a solid team base, to dominate for a few years. I speak with the utmost respect because he has been my rival for many years, but seeing what Florentino Pérez is achieving is to say chap. They get what they are looking for. There is a plan. Presidents are not always right, but they were right in their decisions, with the players, with the stadium, with everything around it, with the image of the club. We must congratulate him and, above all, how Real Madrid is carrying out this change from a single generation to the next one that comes. Everything makes a difference and that ends up being noticed.

What Florentino Pérez is achieving is to say chap. There is a plan. He was right in his decisions with the players, with the stadium, with the club’s image…

Q. Who will win LaLiga?

A. (There is no doubt). The real Madrid.

P. Y The Champions?

A. (In this answer he hesitates more) Barcelona.

Q. Who will take the Saudi League?

R. Al Hilal.

Q. The Europa League? But be careful, isn’t Sevilla there?

A. I think Bayer Leverkusen.

Q. Who do you see as the Euro Cup champion?

A. Very difficult to say, but Croatia.

Upstairs I stay with Neymar. Always on my team, he is the best. There is one name above all: José Antonio Reyes

Q. Do you dare to say an eleven of friends?

A. It’s not easy because I have played with great footballers. I’m going to have to think about it for a while.

Q. An ideal eleven?

R. Of the entire story? I’m a big fan of the old school. I have played with Neuer, Ter Stegen. Back in the day, my idol was Beckenbauer. I also stay with Maldini, in the center Xavi, Iniesta, Leo. Up with Neymar Always on my team. There is one name above all: José Antonio Reyes



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