plus, when rakitic was the same age as de jong, he was playing at schalke and was no where near the level that de jong is currently at
I thought I'd just say this.
Can't really compare players like that.
It might be true, but it doesn't mean prime FDJ will be a lot better than prime Ivan.
The lack of talent was made up with all the playing time at lesser clubs for Rakitic. I mean he played 330 senior games before coming to Barca.
FDJ could stagnate in development if he isn't managed correctly, especially at a club like Barca. And end up a worse player than Rakitic.