clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Ivan Rakitic out of Croatia squad amid Juventus rumors

The midfielder has been replaced by Marko Rog

Hungary v Croatia - UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has fuelled rumors about Ivan Rakitic's future after confirming the midfielder has not joined up with the national team.

Recent rumors have suggested Juventus could make a late move for Rakitic before the window closes on Monday.

Dalic told a press conference on Monday that Rakitic is not with the national team as he is trying to sort out his club future.

"Yesterday I spoke with Ivan Rakitic who still has not resolved his status at his club, and we have concluded that he is not ready or focused on the national team, that he cannot give his maximum that we need and he will not join us. Instead, we called up Marko Rog,” he said.

Rakitic has been left out of the starting XI for Barca's first three games of the season.

Dalic's comments suggest there may be an issue between Rakitic and his club, but time to complete a deal is rapidly running out.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Barca Blaugranes Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Barca news from Barca Blaugranes