Ivan Rakitic has said that Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was a “bad decision for me” but must be respected.
Rakitic said it had been hard to accept the Brazil international’s departure, adding: “For me, personally, it was really hard, not only because he’s one of the biggest players — also he’s a big person.
“He was really important for our dressing room, and he’s one of the best guys I know in football.
“So for me it was really a bad decision because I liked to have him in my team.
“But we have to respect Neymar’s decision to move. If a team can buy him and he decides to leave Barcelona, we have to respect it and wish him the best of luck.”