Rakitic – I know that Neymar is happy at PSG

Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic says that he “knows” Neymar is content at Paris Saint-Germain.

The ex-Barca attacker, who moved to France last summer for a record fee of €222 million (£200m/$262m) has been linked with a new switch to Real Madrid this year.

While his former team-mate Rakitic did not rule out the prospect of the 26-year-old forward moving, he says that talk of the Brazil star being unsettled at Parc des Princes is unfounded.

“Neymar to Real? I hope not!” he told Marca. “I understand that folk must follow their desires and make their decisions.

“I know that Neymar is very happy in Paris, but I also knew he was happy in Barcelona and still left.

“If I had to choose, I’d prefer him to stay in Paris.”

Despite Madrid’s European dominance going unchecked, Barcelona were able to wrestle back the Spanish title from their rivals.

Rakitic had a significant role to play in that effort, which saw Barca suffer just one single defeat in La Liga all season. He played 55 times for the Catalans overall last term, scoring four goals and laying on a further five.

Now his sights have turned to the international stage with Croatia, with whom he will travel to the World Cup. Group matches against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland lie ahead for the side managed by Zlatko Dalic.

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