In his last season he helped these Andalusians to win the first of three consecutive titles for the Europa League and was nominated for the award for best midfielder at the ceremony awarding La Liga at the end of the season, eventually losing to future teammate Andres Iniesta.
Since Lionel helped Barcelona win four titles “La Liga”, four Spanish cups and one Champions League trophy, scoring 35 times in 282 games. However, his future at the club became suspicious after buying Frankie de Jong from Ajax this summer. The Spanish press suggested that he could return to former club.
On the question of the possible arrival of Rakitic President “Seville” Jose Castro said Marca: “Time will tell whether this is possible, but issues of transfer field of activity sporting Director Ramon Monchi”.