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Neymar needs time to settle - Martino

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Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has called for fans to be patient with summer signing Neymar, as the Brazilian striker takes time to adjust to life at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan giants got their La Liga season off to the best possible start with a 7-0 opening day thrashing of Levante, but Martino's men have looked less than impressive since.

Whilst Barca lifted the Spanish Super Cup in midweek, Lionel Messi & co. stuttered to victory on away goals following a bore-draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

That game marked Neymar's full debut, and the samba star failed to strike up a partnership with record-breaking Messi, as anticipated.

But Martino is not concerned by the incoherent performance from his two star strikers, and insists that, given time, Neymar can justify his €57 million price tag.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Martino said: "They (Neymar and Messi) played quite well but it is true they didn't come together a lot.

"However I have no doubts they are two players who will work well together in the future."

The 21-year-old agreed to join the Spanish champions in May signing a five-year deal in the process.

With previous club Santos, Neymar led the club to their greatest run since Brazil legend Pele stopped playing for the club in the 1970s, helping them win the 2010 Brazilian Cup, the 2011 Copa Libertadores and three straight Sao Paulo state championships.

He is the club's leading scorer in the post-Pele era with 138 goals in 229 matches, and Neymar will be hoping he can go on to enjoy similar success with Barcelona.

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