Barcelona boss keen to play Neymar with Messi

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Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino insists that Neymar and Lionel Messi will soon start together - but has called for fans to remain patient.

Neymar has yet to start a match for the Catalan giants since his £48.6m summer move from Santos, but Martino could hand the Brazil star his full debut in tonight's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid.

"I’m keen to see him play with Messi, but I also have to do the right thing by every player. My aim is for him to play here for 10 or 12 years, not that he fixes one game for us," Martino stated at a recent press conference.

"What I want is for the player to be ok and to feel that we helped him. We’re doing the right thing with him. His behaviour is perfect. We talk a lot. It’s to be expected that he wants to play, whether he’s an idol or not."

Neymar, who starred for Brazil at the Confederations Cup in June, came off the bench to score the equaliser in last week's Spanish Super Cup first leg at the Vicente Calderon - only to be left on the bench for Sunday's visit to Malaga.

Messi also missed that match with an injury - but, after a long wait, Barcelona fans are finally expected to see Neymar line up alongside the player he cites as his idol.

"We’ll find the best way to introduce him into the team little by little. He chose to come to Barcelona to play with Messi," Martino added.

"I think we’re all doing things right, though he has to do in 30 minutes what some of the rest have a game to do. He’s a natural and he’s used to coping with the pressure. He’s ready and we’ll take the decision when the game’s about to start."

Victory over Atletico this evening would see both Martino and Neymar lift their first piece of silverware since arriving at Barcelona.

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