Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has given his seal of approval for the signing of Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann.
The Frenchman announced his decision to leave Atletico Madrid earlier this month, and Barcelona are said to be in pole position to obtain his services after failing to do so last season.
Rakitic admitted to holding the forward in high regard, despite having to watch the France star celebrate as a runner-up at the 2018 World Cup podium.
“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.”
Griezmann has been here before, having turned last summer’s transfer saga into a documentary before deciding to stick with Atletico ahead of Barca for one more year. But this does not change Rakitic’s opinion of Griezmann.
“That wasn’t a decision against Barcelona or anyone,” Rakitic explained.
“It was taken in favour of Atletico Madrid. I congratulate him for that and if he comes here I’ll shake his hand and tell him that I respect him for the decision.”
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