‘Barca affected by Iniesta exit’

Ivan Rakitic admits Barcelona’s players have been ‘very affected’ by Andres Iniesta’s impending departure from the club.

Iniesta will end his 22-year association with Barca this summer, and Rakitic lamented the loss of his midfield partner.

“The news of Iniesta’s departure has affected us a lot,” said the Croat after Sunday’s 1-0 win against Real Sociedad.

“I have no words to describe the feeling now. For me, it’s been a real pleasure to play with him. We connected very well on and off the field.

“I get on very well with his wife and children. We’ve connected in the best way possible.”

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