Ivan Rakitic

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic said he has only gone outside to “throw out the trash” due to the lockdown in Spain.

Ivan Rakitic

Spain has introduced emergency restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 with people banned from leaving home.

LaLiga and football have also been postponed in Spain, where more than 1,700 people have died from at least 28,700 coronavirus cases.

“Since the Napoli [game] I was already preparing for all this and I did quite a lot of shopping.

“I remember very well when we went to Naples to play the Champions League game and the issue had already started in Italy.

“I told the doctor that I wasn’t confident about it and that it was going be much [worse]. Now we have to all be together.

“Of course I would like to play sports on the street as it is better, or take a walk, but we have to understand that we need to do this.”