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Andres Iniesta says Barcelona should not allow Ivan Rakitic to leave

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The Vissel Kobe midfielder says he remains a ‘great player’

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Andres Iniesta has been talking about Ivan Rakitic and does not think Barcelona should allow the Croatian midfielder to leave the club.

There have been plenty of rumors recently that Rakitic could depart in the January transfer window after falling out of favour at the Camp Nou.

Iniesta was asked if he thinks Barcelona should allow Rakitic to leave and was quite clear in his answer.

“I would not [let him go]. I personally consider him a great player,” he said.

“What he has been doing all this time has been magnificent. This year he is not having the prominence he had before but that does not mean that he is not a great player.

Source | Marca

Rakitic picked up an assist after coming on as a substitue last time out against Real Valladolid but has still only made one start for Barca this season.