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Ex-AC Milan chief Mirabelli: Rakitic deal so close; I learned so much

Former AC Milan chief Massimiliano Mirabelli has revealed how close he came to signing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
At the time, Rakitic was in talks over a new deal at Camp Nou.
Mirabelli told "I will reveal something that I have never told anyone before.
"When I worked for Milan, I went to Barcelona to try and sign Ivan Rakitic. He was negotiating a new contract with Barça and I was hoping he would listen to other offers for his future.
"We got to his place and from the garage a lift took us up to his house. He was excited, he told me that if he didn't renew with Barcelona, he would seriously have considered our offer.
"That chat marked me. I met a champion who had nothing other than football in his head. His daily life is built around his sporting career, from the food he eats, to his rest, to his free time between training. In the end, he renewed with Barça, but I had the pleasure of meeting a great sportsman."

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