Croatia international Ivan Rakitic has indicated that he has no plans of parting ways with Barcelona during this summer’s transfer window. The midfielder has been heavily tipped to make a move to Inter Milan ahead of next season but the 31-year-old has stressed that he is committed to the cause at the Catalan giants.
In an interview with Sky Sport, Rakitic said that he wants to stay put with the Catalan giants for the long-term and he would prefer another new deal to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2021, he said: “I want nothing but Barcelona. I don’t want to go anywhere else. I hope the club, the president, the coach and the fans see it like me and I hope the time comes when they will tell me that I will stay here for another three years. I wish I could say that I already have another three years of contract and that I will stay here, but in football anything can happen.”
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After a couple of months apart and playing for their respective clubs, the Croatian players are all set to meet towards the end of this month and start their preparations for their upcoming Euro Cup qualifying matches.
As things stand for Croatia in their Euro Cup qualifying group right now, they are down at no. 4. The beginning of their campaign was pretty good as they had managed to topple Azerbaijan by a margin of 2 goals to 1, but then they couldn’t continue that momentum in the next game against Hungary and were beaten by the same margin to slip down a couple of places in the standings. Read more “CROATIA READY FOR EURO CUP”
Juventus have reportedly agreed on a contract extension with Mario Mandzukic to keep him in Turin until the summer of 2021. The Croatian’s previous deal with the Bianconeri was due to expire in 15 months’ time but the club have rewarded him with a fresh renewal amid his importance to the first-team squad.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 32-year-old had the option of pursuing a fresh challenge in the Chinese Super League where an unnamed club was willing to offer him with a 100 percent increase on his current wages. However, the marksman has decided to snub the big-money move to commit his future to the Turin giants until the 2020/21 season.
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UEFA recently conducted its 43rd Congress which was held in Rome and several positions were up for election in the Congress. Croatia Football Association president Davor Suker successfully retained his position in the UEFA Executive Committee.
The 51-year-old joins Jesper Moller Christensen, Armand Duka, Florence Hardouin, Sandor Csanyi, Luis Rubiales, Fernando Gomes, and Andriy Pavelko as members of the UEFA Executive Committee.
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Croatia international Ivan Perisic has acknowledged that Manchester United were on the cusp of signing him from Inter Milan during the summer of 2017. The attacker had been the subject of multiple bids during the period but they could not find the breakthrough with their reluctance to match the Nerazzurri’s £48m price tag.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Perisic has confirmed that he was close to leaving the Nerazzurri after he was offered the opportunity to work with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. However, he added that he ultimately stayed put with the San Siro giants after manager Luciano Spalletti showed the determination to keep hold of him.
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Luka Modric said that it was disappointing for them to have lost their game against England in the Nations League. When asked whether England has improved since their last meeting at the World Cup, he said that it was to the England team to assess whether they have improved or not.
He said that England has an exciting young team and that they have some good players. He believes that they only can get better and that they will be among the favorites to win the Euro 2020.
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Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has confirmed that Sime Vrjaljko did not suffer any serious injury during the Nations League clash against England on Sunday. The Inter Milan ace was substituted within the 26th minute of the game after a muscular issue and thereafter, the Croatians went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat despite holding the initial advantage.
Speaking to reporters, Dalic clarified that there was nothing serious with the Croatian right-back but he did not want to any risks with the player owing to his club commitments thereafter, he said: “Following the tough 90 minutes against Spain and just two-day recovery before the England encounter, we were aware that our players wouldn’t be perfectly fit. After a tackle in a dangerous situation, Vrsaljko felt his muscle and our assessment was to prevent any further trouble by taking him off. He’s not a doubt for the upcoming club matches, as he proved at the World Cup and wearing his Internazionale jersey that he can play difficult matches at a high level in a short period of time.”
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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Luka Modric truly deserves The Best Player of the Year award from FIFA after being influential for club and country last term. The Croatia international bagged his third successive Champions League crown with Real Madrid last season and he thereafter went on to star for Croatia at the World Cup where they were eventually runners up to France.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson feels there are no question marks regarding the Croatian’s showing at the World Cup and highlighted the semi-final against England as one of his standouts, he said: “Definitely. For the World Player of the Year, the pinnacle is the World Cup and the way he performed at the tournament was just unreal. In the England game, he just constantly kept on running. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone as fit as that on a football pitch. He just kept on going and going and not just running, his quality. I just think he’s top, top drawer.”
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Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said that his team is ready for the game against England, which will take place behind closed doors.
Speaking to the media, he said that this will be an important game for his team as they will want to bounce back from the heavy defeat in the game against Spain, which left the players very disappointed, and that they will want to prove to their fans that this was an accident. Read more “Dalic: We’ll battle with England”
Former Barcelona coach and current manager of the Spanish national side LuizEnriuqehas named his squad to face Croatia and England. Spain named a young crop of stars to face the Three Lions and then World Cup finalist Croatia.
Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and David Silva, who were part of the award winning teams, have since retired so Enrique is charged with building a new squad that can help restore Spain to their former top spot in Europe.
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