Rakitic: I'd love to have Griezmann on my team
After Antoine Griezmann made it clear he intends to leave Atletico Madridthis summer, a move to Barcelona has been atop the rumour mill and Blaugrana midfielder Ivan Rakitic is open to having the Frenchman move to the Camp Nou.
The Barcelona dressing room seem to be turning in favour of Griezmann's arrival, even after being turned off the idea a year ago for his controversial 'La Decision' documentary.
"I would love to have Griezmann on my team," Rakitic told Mundo Deportivo.
"Aside from the fact that last year he pushed me away from my dream of winning the World Cup, I really like him.
"He's a top level player, one of the best in the world. He's won almost everything and can add to any team."
The manner in which he rejected Barcelona last summer has left a bad taste in the mouths of many, but the Croatian isn't one of them.
"That wasn't a decision against Barcelona or anyone," Rakitic explained.
"It was taken in favour of Atletico Madrid. I congratulate him fro that and if he comes here I'll shake his hand and tell him that I respect him for the decision."
Ernesto Valverde's future remains unknown, even despite possibly delivering a second double to the Camp Nou.
"Valverde is the perfect coach for us," Rakitic said. "The work he and his coaching staff do is fantastic."