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Rakitic will retire at Sevilla, says former team-mate

Ivica Dragutinovic has told Croatian media outlet 'Vecernji' that the Barcelona man "made a profound impression" in Seville.

Rakitic will retire at Sevilla, says former team-mate
MANUEL GOMEZ DIARIO AS

Ex-Sevilla defender Ivica Dragutinovic has told the Croatian media he expects former Sánchez-Pizjuán idol Ivan Rakitic to end his career back at the Andalusian club.

"He'll play his last season or last two seasons there"

Rakitic, 28, spent three and a half successful years at Sevilla between 2011 and 2014, earning the captaincy and winning a Europa League before joining Barcelona.

Rakitic became a firm favourite at Sevilla in his three and a half seasons at the club.

And Dragutinovic, who briefly coincided with the Croatia international midfielder in southern Spain, explained to 'Vecernji': "He has a house in Seville and and he'll play his last season or last two seasons at Sevilla."

"He made a profound impression"

"He adapted really well to the city," the retired Serb said of Rakitic, whose wife is from the area. "He made a profound impression there."