BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24: Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Barcelona and AS Roma at Camp Nou stadium on November 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Just like Xavi has revealed recently that he is passionate about English football, his successor in the Barcelona midfield Ivan Rakitic feels the same.

Rakitic has revealed the team he would like to see win the Premier League.

“I really like the Premier League, I like it a lot. Because of Slaven Bilic. He was my coach for six, seven years with Croatia and he’s really enjoying it [in England]. First of all he’s crazy for the Premier League and he likes West Ham a lot. And he likes rock and roll! He’s a big person, a big personality and I wish him all the best and I hope that West Ham win the Premier League.”

It was Bilic’s Croatia team that knocked England out of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

West Ham are currently eighth in the league after an impressive start which included wins against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.