Ivan Rakitic: 'I am not Xavi'

Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Rayo Vallecano during their La Liga match on September 25, 2013
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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic insists that he is a different player to teammate Xavi.

Ivan Rakitic has insisted that he is a different player to Barcelona legend Xavi.

Rakitic, who arrived at the Camp Nou from Sevilla this summer, has been picked out as the individual to replace Xavi when the long-serving midfielder eventually hangs up his boots.

However, the Croatian has played down comparisons with the La Masia graduate.

"It's nice that people are saying that I am the successor of Xavi but I'm Rakitic. Replacements for such a great player like Xavi don't exist," he told Sportske Novosti.

"I can't wait to start the league. We worked a lot [in pre-season] and I hope that this will show on the field. Barcelona are powerful again. I always wanted to join Barcelona. It was my desire."

Barcelona open their La Liga season at home to Elche on Sunday.

Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on September 14, 2013
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