Ivan Rakitic has promised to try and be ‘a great captain’ for Sevilla, after being handed the armband for the new term.
This week saw the Andalucians name the 25-year-old as the team’s new captain, backed up by Federico Fazio and Fernando Navarro.
“It is a great pride. The nicest thing for a player is to feel the confidence of the club, the Coach and his peers,” commented Rakitic to reporters this week.
“It’s a role beyond just football and I want my teammates to all feel comfortable and not lack in anything. I will try to be a great captain and the important thing is that the team achieve something great.”
Rakitic is one of few foreign nationals to have taken the armband at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
“People have called me even from Croatia and told me that not even [Davor] Suker was captain here. I cannot compare with him because that’s too much, but I want to do better than I have for the group and for the club.
“I have to say thank you because I’ve always said that I feel at home and it seems that I have been here 25 years and not two-and-a-half.
“I feel a part of Seville and my family are all happy here too. I have the club’s colours in my heart and I will live this 100 per cent.”