Neymar gives his approval for Rakitic to sign for Barcelona
Following Brazil‘s¬†3-1 win¬†against Croatia in the 2014 World Cup¬†opening match, one of the players who most shined on the pitch was Sevilla‘s midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Together with Real Madrid‘s Luka Modric, the¬†Croatians set the tempo¬†they wanted during the game and it was surely not because of them that their nation didn’t pull any points from this match.
Neymar: “Rakitic is a great player and I’ll be very happy if we end up signing¬†him to¬†play for Barcelona. He’s one of the best players in this World Cup¬†and he has played a great game against us. I can only congratulate him and wish him the best of luck for the remaining of the tournament”, stated the 22-year old forward, after the game against Croatia.
Roughly at the same, the still-Sevilla player also praised who¬†could be his future teammate in Spain.
Rakitic: “Neymar showed up when his team needed him the most and I¬†hope he¬†does a great tournament. He’s definitely one of the best football players in the World right now…”, commented the 26-year old who has played in FC Basel and Schalke 04 before going to Sevilla.
The Croatia midfielder also gave his take on the match incident that costed Neymar a yellow¬†card, after putting his elbow on Luka Modric‘s face when the two were challenging for a high ball.
Rakitic: “Perhaps Neymar should have seen the red card on that play… With him out of the pitch and the score still at 0-0, the game would have been a lot different to us”, assured the Sevilla midfielder, who has recently been in the center of a controversy after winning the Europa League for his club and kissing his teammate Daniel Carri√ßo¬†on the mouth.
Neymar and his teammates¬†returns to action this Tuesday, with a classic Brazil vs Mexico in Fortaleza, at 16:00 local time.
Sources: marca.com / ronaldo7.net