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Neymar form pleases Barcelona defender

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Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique believes Neymar will become an important player at the Camp Nou.

Neymar joined the La Liga giants for a fee believed to be in the region of £50million and Pique has revealed his delight at becoming teammates with the Brazilian international.

The Spaniard has also been pleased with the combination of Neymar and fellow Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Speaking to Barcelona's official website, Pique said on Neymar: "He's shown over these two months that he's going to be an important player for many years.

"He is one of the most talented players I have ever seen. He's got a flying start and over the first five or ten metres he's unstoppable.

"He's also very skilful with his right and left foot and he knows how to take penalties and free-kicks.

"He's a complete player and complements Leo Messi well in terms of getting goals, which is something where he has perhaps lacked support over the last few years."

Barcelona are currently sitting top of La Liga - having won all eight of their league games thus far.

Gerardo Martino's side are also the early pacesetters in their Champions League group - and Pique believes their excellent start to the season is down to their fantastic team spirit.

"When you've been in the same team for six seasons, you play a lot of games and that helps to keep you calm," added Pique.

"This is one of the most open changing rooms I've known and amongst the players we all share and give our opinions.

"Many of us have come up through the ranks at the club and we've known each other for a long time – we speak the same language and we share the responsibility out between us."

Martino's Barcelona face a tough couple of weeks with the La Liga champions facing a double header against Italian giants and Real Madrid inside the next month.

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