Lionel Messi wants €90 million midfielder at Barcelona, Ivan Rakitic reveals final stance on Camp Nou exit and more: Barcelona transfer news, 1 March 2019
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Marc Andre Ter Stegen reveals he considered leaving Barcelona
After a bleak start to life at Barcelona, goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen considered quitting Barcelona. He had to share goalkeeping duties with Claudio Bravo and this led to a lot of frustration as per the German international.
Speaking to DAZN and Goal, he said,
"Of course, you start to ponder [your future] because playing football is the most important thing. It would not have been better if the coach had said: 'You're playing in the league now and [Bravo] in the other competitions.' That was not what I wanted and in 2016 came the situation where I had to think about leaving Barca.
"The club was up to date all the time. Claudio and I dealt with the situation openly and said we did not like it. At some point there is the moment when it is no longer tenable. Then Barcelona clearly made a decision and decided for me. I think I have paid it back so far."
He also added that he has no plans of leaving Barcelona.
"It's wonderful in Barcelona. I love the city. My wife is happy too. We have everything we need here. Of course, I miss the family from time to time, but they have always the opportunity to visit me.
"I have another three and a half years contract. How it looks then, I cannot say now. But what I can say now is that I enjoy the current situation and enjoy going to stand on the pitch every day."
Ivan Rakitic says he won't leave Barcelona amid heavy links
The arrival of Frenkie De Jong will further intensify the competition for a starting berth in Barcelona's already crowded midfield. As such, 30-year-old Ivan Rakitic has been heavily linked with a move away from the club. But now, Rakitic has told DAZN (courtesy: Goal) that he does not plan on moving out of the Camp Nou.
"I like living in Spain,"
"Unfortunately, I can't ask for another passport because I already have two, otherwise I'd also ask for a Spanish one because I'm fine here and I'm happy.
"My family are happy here too and my daughters are doing well in Barcelona because we're close to Seville. Therefore, staying here is perfect for me."
Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sign Saul Niguez
As per reports in Spain, Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez in the summer. With several first-team stars sauntering into their 30s, it is high time the Blaugrana revitalized their squad and injected some young energy into their lineup.
Lionel Messi is clear about who he wants to take over from Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets in the heart of midfield in the long run. The 24-year-old is one of the best midfielders in Europe and will be a great signing for Barcelona if they can convince Simeone and co. to part with him.