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Rakitic dreams of turning Sevilla into LaLiga challengers after returning back to the club from Barcelona

After securing his return “home” after a six-year spell with Barcelona, Ivan Rakitic hopes to help turn Sevilla into LaLiga title challengers.

“But we do want to know which direction we want to go. I’m really looking forward to it.

“The situation is different from how I arrived nine years ago, especially because of the situation of the team and the environment.

“I’m in a team that’s a champion, and luckily I know what that means. I was able to be the first foreign captain since [Diego] Maradona and this season I want to pass on to my team-mates and my family, which is what they are, that this is still the case.

“There is great potential, they work impressively, with a great coach and coaching staff. From me you can expect maximum.

“It’s not just getting here, I want to help the club, the team-mates and the fans take the next step. I’m very happy and excited to come home. I’m very grateful also for how it all turned out, which was how we wanted it to be.”

Rakitic, 32, completed his comeback to Seville on Tuesday as it was confirmed that he had signed a four-year deal with the Andalusian club paying an initial €1.5million, while another €9 m could be due in variables related to performance.

The transfer sees Rakitic return to the club where he has established himself in a three-and-a-half-year spell as one of Europe’s best midfielders, helping them succeed in the Europa League in 2013-14.

“With all due respect, the sixth [Europa League title] is already ours and we want it like no one else,” Rakitic told reporters during his presentation on Wednesday evening.

“But we want to take the next step, both in LaLiga and in the Champions League. We all know what that means, but we don’t want to put more pressure on each other either.

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