Ivan Rakitic calls on Ernesto Valverde to stay at Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has given his backing to Coach Ernesto Valverde to continue beyond the current season at the Blaugrana.

There have been suggestions both from the Coach and within the Catalan press that he may move on over the summer, despite his domestic dominance since being appointed at the Camp Nou in the summer of 2017.

“The Coach’s future is a question for him and the club, but as players we are all very happy with him,” Rakitic told reporters, as cited by Marca.

“The job he and his coaching staff are doing is really good and I believe he is most likely to stay here and continue (beyond the summer).

“As players we will all work hard and what they decide to do will be their decision, but they will come to the conclusion which is best.

“We had to work hard for this win at Getafe because this is a very complicated league, every team is difficult and there are many challenges to come.

“This is one of the most difficult games of the season, they are very compact and it was a real battle.”

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