has turned over a new leaf and challenged
former Camp Nou star Zlatan Ibrahimovic to kick
the club out of Europe
Sep 7, 2014 13:30:19
Ivan Rakitic has insisted that
"polite" striker Luis Suarez
will not bite anyone at
Barcelona, despite his
The Uruguayan is currently
serving a four-month ban
from competitive football after biting Giorgio
Chiellini at the World Cup this summer, though the
bizarre incident did not stop Barca from spending
€88 million to bring him to Camp Nou from
Rakitic, another new arrival under Luis Enrique's
regime, had only positive things to say about his
Barca team-mate and said he is loving life in
Catalunya alongside the likes of Lionel Messi,
Neymar and Xavi.
"Suarez is very calm, polite and quiet," the Croatia
international told reporters. "He's a great man and
he said that any biting moments he has had in the
past will never happen again.
"I came to Barcelona to enjoy my football, to work
hard, to give my best, to help the team, to share the
locker-room with some of the best players in the
"Every day I have smile on my face as I go to
training and that is most important thing."
Rakitic also lauded Paris Saint-Germain striker
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was on Barca's books for
two years but spent his second season on loan at AC
Milan due to a falling out with Pep Guardiola, and
the Croatian has challenged the Swede to knock his
former club out of Europe after the teams were
paired together in the group stage.
"It is a tough Champions League group but our aim
is to win trophies so we have to be ready. Ajax and
APOEL are okay teams," the 26-year-old added.
"Ibrahimovic is maybe the best striker in the world -
let him and PSG try to knock us out!"