Ivan Rakitic: 'Lionel Messi has been very helpful'

Benfica's Uruguayan defender Maxi Pereira vies with Sevilla's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic during the UEFA Europa league final football match between Benfica and Sevilla on May 14, 2014
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Ivan Rakitic says that Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi has been "very helpful" since the Croatian moved to his new club.

Ivan Rakitic has revealed that Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi has offered to help him settle into life with his new club.

Rakitic, who arrived at the Catalan side from Sevilla this summer, has also claimed that the Argentine offered his assistance in helping him to find a property.

"Messi is no different from the others. He is very helpful. He offered me his assistance in finding an apartment or house in Barcelona," he told Sportske Novosti.

Rakitic and Messi are both expected to start Barcelona's La Liga opener against Elche on Sunday.

Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Rayo Vallecano during their La Liga match on September 25, 2013
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