Neymar is now starring in France with PSG.
Rakitic told Marca: "I'm not going to lie to you. I would prefer that Ney was here with us.
"Apart from being a great player, he is a friend and I am very fond of him. After that, we have to continue. Barcelona is not one, two or five players. It is the biggest club in the world and we have to keep working. It would seem better to be able to count on him, but if he is not there, we join forces to be even better."