Schalke’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has confirmed he wants to join a bigger European club to advance his career.
“Knowing that major European clubs such as Juventus are interested in me is a great honour and I am looking forward to moving on with my career,” Rakitic told Jutarnji List.
“I haven’t started negotiating with anyone yet but I have no preferences as far as countries are concerned. The only thing that matters is my future and I will choose an environment in which I can advance most,” Rakitic said.
Reports in his native Croatia have claimed that the 19-year-old was unhappy with his role at Schalke, whose coach Mirko Slomka has not made him a regular starter this season.
“I don’t know why I did not play from the start against Porto. The coach apparently wanted us to play defensively,” Rakitic added.
Rakitic played for two years at FC Basel before signing for Schalke last year.