Barcelona’s Rakitic, Sevilla President Differ On Copa Del Rey Final Venue

Barcelona’s Rakitic, Sevilla President Differ On Copa Del Rey Final Venue

Barcelona sealed their Copa del Rey final berth with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Valencia to set up a meeting with Sevilla but both teams cannot agree on a suitable venue for the deciding match.

While Sevilla president Jose Castro wants the final to hold at their Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is adamant the game should be played at a neutral ground in April.

Castro’s rationale was based on Barca playing the 2015 Copa final against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou, but former Sevilla midfielder Rakitic says it should be held on neutral territory.

“I’m very happy to be able to play in another final,” Rakitic told reporters.

“I am aware of what the Sevilla president said [about the hosting of the final] and I invite him to Barcelona if he wants.

“I love visiting my former team and a city that I love, but doing so in LaLiga is enough. In all seriousness, the best thing would be to find a neutral site that suits everyone.”

Sevilla had already secured their passage after getting beyond Leganes.

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