Barcelona have looked to other midfield options rather than Ivan Rakitic thus far this season, and the Croatian is becoming visibly frustrated at his lack of match opportunities, suggesting he didn't stay in Barcelona for the perks the city enjoys.
The midfielder was linked with an exit in the summer, he had offers to leave, but in the end nothing came of it. He has played just 187 minutes so far this season between LaLiga and the Champions League, 631 minutes fewer than at the same stage a year ago.
Away with Croatia at present, Rakitic admitted his future at club level is uncertain.
The report claims that Juventus star and former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo even called Rakitic to convince him for a move to Italy.
Rakitic drew heavy links to both Inter and Paris Saint Germain during the Summer transfer window but rejected both club's reported advances due to feeling he still had a part to play at Barcelona, despite the signings they were making, such as Frenkie De Jong. I will do my best to try to change this situation in the next games.
The central midfielder was left out of the Croatian squad for the most recent worldwide break but he says there is nothing more behind it than his physical and mental state.
"I spoke with people at the club, everyone knew I had other options".
Rakitic, who joined Barca from Sevilla in 2014, added that he has spoken to president Josep Bartomeu and captain Lionel Messi about his prospects. I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch. "I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changes, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again".