Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic ‘would love to play with Antoine Griezmann’

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted he would love to be on the same team as outgoing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman has confirmed that he will be leaving Los Rojiblancos this summer and has been heavily linked with a move to the Blaugrana, who attempted to sign him a year ago.

“It would be fantastic to have Griezmann on my team,” Rakitic told El Mundo Deportivo, as cited by Marca.

“I really like him despite the fact he was instrumental in stopping me from achieving my dream of winning the World Cup last year!

“He is one of the best players in the world, he would be good for any team and has won almost everything there is to win.

“His decision last summer? That was not a decision against Barcelona, that was his loyalty to Atletico Madrid and I congratulate him for that.

“It will be a very tough decision for him to leave the club and if he does come here there will be no hard feelings.

“Ernesto Valverde? He is the perfect Coach for us.”

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