Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova reaffirmed his belief in new signing Neymar during a recent press conference.
The Brazilian forward, who will be the player to watch in the upcoming Confederations Cup tournament, has been signed by the Spanish giants on a five-year deal.
Barcelona, who had earlier on suffered a deficit in their attack following a period of inactivity from their star player Lionel Messi, are hoping to restructure their front-line ahead of next season.
The plan is to alleviate the pressure on Messi, while enabling Neymar to create more open and direct chances in games. But the 21-year-old, who usually plays from the left wing, has also showed great scoring skills – netting 12 goals in 18 appearances for Santos this year.
Thus, for Vilanova, the vast talent of Neymar is the perfect key to revitalise the Barcelona attack and clinch better results next season.
“He’s a player who can play in different positions, not only on the left wing,” the Barca boss said. “He can also play behind the centre forward. We think he’ll adjust nicely. He’s a very talented player.”
Vilanova added that Neymar’s presence in Barcelona will help the team’s defence as well, and assured that the club would do what it can to “help him adapt to Spanish and European football.”
Underlining the superiority of Neymar above other players, the Blaugrana coach reminded that many top European clubs initially attempted to sign the youngster; and for Vilanova, this simply goes to prove how effective his new signing can be at the top level.
Finally, Vilanova went on to restate the main reason why Barca were so keen on acquiring Neymar: “He can score goals, and that’s something we need.”
Neither Santos, nor Barcelona accepted to give out specific financial details about Neymar’s move to Spain, when an agreement was reached by the two clubs at the end of last month to land the star at the Nou Camp.
Neymar is expected to perform for Barcelona after his participation in the Confederations Cup with Brazil later in June.
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