After Suarez's training suspension was lifted last week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the former Liverpool star was cleared to play in friendlies and made his debut at Camp Nou on Monday, coming on for the final 13 minutes versus the Liga MX club.
Suarez is still banned from playing in official games until October 26 after being found guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but Rakitic is thrilled to have the chance to familiarise himself with the player.
"For us it is very important to have him in the locker room, working, getting to know him," the Croatia international told reporters.
"His quality we all know, there's not much to say there, he's going to give us a lot of great moments.
"So we just have to wait for the time to pass so we can have him on the pitch with us."
Meanwhile, head coach Luis Enrique claimed he will be looking to provide a platform that allows the team's leading players - such as Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar - to shine in the final third.
"Well, it think the performance against Leon was very good," the 44-year-old said.
"It's not very difficult when two players of such quality play together, like Messi and Neymar.
"We didn't have Pedro, who wasn't able to play because of a stomach problem but I have many solutions, many possibilities, players with different profiles, and we are looking to have those connection between players of great quality."
However, Luis Enrique insisted Barcelona will continue to focus on a possession-based game as he aims to dominate "all aspects" of matches.
"We are interested in having the possession for as long as we can. There were moments where control was lost, and that is not in our interest, we want to control the games, to dominate all aspects of the game."