Barca star Rakitic ordered to snub Man Utd by Rivaldo… just like the Brazilian did


RIVALDO has urged Ivan Rakitic to snub Manchester United and stay at Barcelona.

The Brazilian legend also refused a move to Old Trafford during his playing days and urged the Croatian to do the same.

Rivaldo urged Ivan Rakitic to snub Man Utd like he did when he played for Barcelona

United have been linked with the talented Croatian for some time as they look for Ander Herrera’s replacement.

It was also reported that Inter Milan were keen on the World-Cup-finalist’s signature but Rivaldo thinks he should stay exactly where he is.

He said: “There are rumours circulating about Ivan Rakitic possibly going to Manchester United but – while United is a big club with great tradition – I think the Croatian still has enough football to keep playing for Barcelona as he is a great player.

“United are passing through a bad moment but their tradition is huge and any big player would like to play for them at Old Trafford.

“Now it’s time for them to refocus and start preparing for the new season.

“I believe they’ll always be one of the best teams in the world.

“They continue to be financially healthy so they should have tools to recruit big players soon.”

Despite his respect for the Red Devils, Rivaldo revealed the pull of United was never enough to tempt him away from the Camp Nou.

He added: “When I was playing for Barcelona I had some agents trying to transfer me to Manchester United but I was so happy with the city and the club that I didn’t pay much attention to that possibility.

“It wasn’t out of disrespect to United – I just didn’t want to move at that time.

“I’m not sure if there was any proposal.

“There were just discussions with agents and rumours – nothing more than that.”

Ivan Rakitic has been encouraged to reject Manchester United by Brazilian legend Rivaldo
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