Ivan Rakitic highlights Neymar importance to Barcelona amid Paris-Saint Germain speculation
Posted: 28 July 2017 Time: 10:57
Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has expressed his opinion on Neymar’s potential move from Barcelona to french giants Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG are reportedly prepared to activate the Brazilian’s release clause of 222-million Euros, in what would shatter the world record transfer fee of 105-million Euros, which Manchester United paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus last year.
Rakitic, however, has urged the Brazilian to stay put, and feels that despite the suspected huge offer Neymar will not be as loved in Paris as he currently is in Catalonia.
“Footballers like Ney are not everywhere, not just as a player, but as a person. He knows he’s very important to us," Rakitic told a news conference in Miami.
“The team is like a family and we all want him to stay. Whatever he decides, you have to respect it 100 percent.
"But as a companion and great friend, I tell him to stay with us.The affection he has here, he will not find anywhere. I hope he stays with us.”
Neymar has continued his fine form for his club, scoring all of Barcelona's goals against Manchester United and Juventus in their respective International Champions Cup friendly games on Wednesday and last Saturday.
The 25-year-old forward is likely to feature in Saturday’s much-anticipated 'El Clasico' match against Real Madrid at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami this Saturday.