Ivan Rakitic admits it was tough to take Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted that Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain was tough to take for him as a player.

The Brazil international became the world's most expensive footballer in August after Les Parisiens paid a world-record €222 million to release him from his contract.

A number of Neymar's former teammates have admitted their disappointment at the forward's decision, and Rakitic laid on the same saying: "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."



So despite a good start to the season and even a blistering run at some point, Luis Enrique looks set to depart Camp Nou with one trophy in his final season should they beat Alaves to the Copa del Rey on May 27.

When the 46-year old took up the baton and led them to a treble in his first season, this summer divorce was at very least expected.


Barcelona superstar Neymar has spoken about the possibility of winning six trophies in a single campaign, which would not be beyond the possibilities of the Spanish club.



Barcelona have managed to pull off a transfer coup by signing highly rated Brazilian youngster Neymar on a five-year contract. The Santos striker is widely regarded as one of the hottest young players in world football.

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