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Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic spoke ahead of tomorrow’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

When asked if Eden Hazard could be considered one of the most important players in world, he warned: “Yes, he is probably one of the most important players for Chelsea, but they are not only Hazard. He is really fast and in the last games he has been in really good form: It will be a really special game.”

Rakitic added: “We know Chelsea’s players, we know they are very strong, You start the game to not think about the end, we want to score a goal away from home but it won’t be easy.”

“In this sense we just want to play another game, manage it and control. Everything is going to plan but tomorrow we are playing against the English champions and it will be a hugely tricky game. We want to win the game and we will give everything.”

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Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has turned down two offers from Chelsea and Manchester United during this summer transfer window, this is what Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo reports today.

The Croatia international was expected to leave the Camp Nou after failing to feature regularly in the starting XI, but he has revealed he wants to stay in Spain this season to have his chances to fight for a place at Barça.

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has revealed that he turned down a move to Chelsea when he was a teenager.

The Croat admitted that when he was 16 he received an offer from the Blues.At that age, Rakitic was already a player of the Swiss team Basel and he snubbed the move at Stamford Bridge because he preferred to become a regular first-team player in Switzerland before joining such a big club as Chelsea.

Rakitic told The Daily Telegraph:

It was important for me to do it step by step. First of all to arrive in the first-team in Switzerland because I had, at 16 years of age, a big offer to go to Chelsea. And another offer from Juventus.

”At that time, when I was 15, 16, I decided it was important to have my family. It might not have been the best decision for everyone but it was the right one for me.”

‘It was important for me to say ‘the money is there but the money will come with time”

”Also there was another player like me and he went and today he is playing in the fourth division in Switzerland.”

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Barcelona ace Ivan Rakitic won the treble last season with Blaugrana, scoring also a goal in the Berlin final against Juventus.

At 27, the Swiss-born Croatia international is considered among the best midfielders in the world, but few people know that when he was 16 he was approached by Chelsea but rejected the move to London.

Speaking to FourFourTwo he explained why:

I wanted to stay at home. I had a really special relationship with the president of Basel.

It was much better for me to do pre-season with the first team there and then work my way gradually to the top.

There was another guy in my situation, Jonas Elmer, who moved from Zurich to Chelsea at the age of 17.

“He ended up playing in the second division in Switzerland. Maybe that could have been me.”

When asked if moving to Premier League was a possibility, he added:

Of course, I like it very much. A lot of my friends are playing in the Premier League: it’s a different style of football and I always enjoy playing in Europe against English teams.

Maybe one day I can play there, too.

I like how every game is always intense and how everybody lives for football. You can have a game like Crystal Palace vs Stoke where both teams are strong, powerful, fully committed and the crowd are fully behind their team.”

 

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