Ivan Rakitic backs off from his statement in support of Real Madrid

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BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 06: Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and FC Barcelona at Olympiastadion on June 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Barcelona’s midfielder Ivan Rakitic has backed off from his statement that he wants Real Madrid to win the Champions League after he faced fierce criticism from club’s fans.

The Croatian footballer backed his teammate, Luka Modric, he said if Real Madrid wins the Champions League, Modric will get a huge morale boost and it will be beneficial for Croatian team in the Euro 2016 in France.

These comment of Rakitic caused a fair bit of stir after Barca’s European exit after losing to Atletico Madrid.

Rakitic was asked about his club’s exit from European that whether the defeat against Atletico Madrid has made him fresh for the upcoming Euro Cup, he responded by saying, “Each of us want big trophies and, if you succeed, tiredness is less important. There would have been enough time left to recover. That is why I wish Luka Modric would win that trophy because it would be another stimulation to all of us [in Croatia’s national team].”

The Croatian star tried to calm down the emotions of Barcelona fans by heading to his Twitter account and saying, “Some people need to change their translator…I wish Luka the best but I didn’t say I want Madrid to win the UCL.”

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