Rakitic: He’s one of the best guys I know in football

​Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has expressed his unhappiness with the departure of star man Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain though he claims Barcelona have to respect the Brazilian’s decision to leave.

The Brazilian made a stunning world record €222 million move to the French side and despite bringing in his replacement Ousmane Dembele, Rakitic believes that the club will miss a player of his quality.

Speaking to the BBC World Service, as reported by ​Goal, Rakitic said, “For me personally, it was really hard, not only because he’s one of the biggest players; also, for me, he’s a big person.”

“Hopefully he can score a lot of goals and be happy in Paris, but we have to go on our way and be strong together without Neymar now.”

Despite losing Neymar, Barcelona and Rakitic have started their season on great form, winning their opening five games and topping the league table. On the other hand, Neymar’s start at PSG has not gone smoothly, with the Brazilian falling out with fellow attacker Edinson Cavani.