Ivan Rakitic has informed Mundo Deportivo he would carry Neymar again to Barcelona if he had a magic wand.
Brazil ahead Neymar left to hitch Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record transfer through the summer season window.
Though Barcelona are 4 factors clear on the high of La Liga and unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions with out him, some critics have described their performances as boring.
And Rakitic stated Neymar’s exit might be the explanation for that criticism, including: “We had a bit extra ‘present’ when Ney was right here — perhaps we lack that slightly bit now.
“That was introduced by Ney himself. I would like him to be right here. If I had a magic wand, I might have him by my aspect.
“We have spoken about Ney rather a lot, although, however he is not right here any extra and we’re doing very well.
“With the change of system, every little thing modifications slightly. We’re extra balanced now, extra of a unit, whether or not that is in assault or defence. However we nonetheless have rather a lot to enhance.”
Neymar has remained a serious speaking level within the Catalan press, with reviews final month suggesting he had regrets about his determination to depart after he made a number of journeys again to Barcelona.
Rakitic stated it was regular for Neymar to overlook the buddies he made whereas in Catalonia for 4 years.
And requested whether or not he felt the attacker additionally missed the membership, he stated: “What Barcelona provide you with, no different membership or metropolis on the earth can.
“I miss him, too, not simply on the pitch however within the dressing room. It has been the identical for me earlier than. Once I left Germany for Sevilla, I missed everybody. Then once I got here right here, I used to be going again to Seville each time I may.
“Later, you get used to your new environment and teammates.
“The energy of this crew is in its values within the dressing room. We miss Ney. Whether or not he regrets leaving or not, you’d should ask him.”
Neymar has scored 14 targets in 15 video games for Barcelona and created eight extra and Rakitic added: “If he is taking part in like he’s whereas unhappy, then watch him go when he is pleased… so I am certain he is not doing that badly.”
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.