Ivan Rakitic brushed aside talk that he is replacing Cesc Fabregas.
Ivan Rakitic sealed his switch from Sevilla to Barcelona, instantly touted as a replacement for the outgoing Cesc Fabregas.
The Croatian has an even bigger burden thrust upon him, with talk ramping up that Xavi will also leave the club this summer.
Yet the midfielder is keen to play down such talk, speaking at a press conference upon his unveiling yesterday.
He said, as quoted by Sport: "I do not come to replace or Xavi or Cesc.
"They are two great players worldwide, but as Rakitic I want to give all my football, I do my best, working to be the best .. but always being who I am, Ivan Rakitic."
Rakitic should not be intimidated however, for he stood toe to toe with the pair via his performances last season.
La Liga statistics show his 12 goals bettered the duo combined, with Fabregas on 8 and Xavi on 3. Fabregas bettered Rakitic in terms of assists 12-10, with Xavi only on two.
It shows just how productive Fabregas was for Barcelona last season, and why Chelsea supporters should be excited about seeing the former Arsenal captain playing for them next season.
As for Rakitic, playing in the same side as Lionel Messi and Neymar, and possible even Luis Suarez, his own assists could reach unprecedented totals next season, and he is right to dismiss talk and questions of worry relating to who he is replacing.