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Luis Suarez leaps to Neymar's defence amid criticism

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Luis Suarez has leapt to the defence of under-fire team-mate Neymar following criticism of the Brazilian sensation.

Neymar's performances have come under fire amidst Barcelona's poor run of form, but Luis Enrique's side finally put that to bed with an 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.

Man-of-the-moment

Suarez is the man-of-the-moment at the Nou Camp having scored four and set up three in that game, and so it only seems right that he is the one to come to Neymar's defence.

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As quoted by the Daily Mirror, Suarez said: "It hurts that they blame the defeats only on him."

"He's a kid with feelings and he's a friend of mine."

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Price unaffected

Incredibly, despite his struggles in recent weeks, Neymar still has a release clause of an unprecedented £150million.

The likelihood is that only Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City would be able to find that kind of money, but both clubs are reportedly interested in luring the 24-year-old away.

Of the famous 'MSN' trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar, Suarez has faced the least criticism in recent weeks. The former Liverpool man has settled in remarkably quickly at Barca. He, too, is no stranger to bad press, having often been vilified for his controversial antics, which include two infamous biting incidents and a racist spat with Patrice Evra.

Neymar exhausted

As for Neymar, his record at the club seems to have been quickly forgotten by furious fans. Barcelona, on the other hand, are concerned that it is his hectic lifestyle which has started to affect his performances, and work is already underway to restore him to his best form.

RC Deportivo La Coruna v FC Barcelona - La Liga

Barcelona have already negotiated with the Brazil squad to ensure that while he will join up with the team for the Olympics in Rio de Janerio, he will not be participating in the Copa America.

With a little rest, the theory goes that Neymar's current difficulties are nothing but a blip. Selling him would be a rash move and one that they could live to regret if he joins one of their Champions League rivals.

No wonder Suarez is so keen to back him.

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Luis Suarez
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Lionel Messi
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UEFA Champions League
Neymar

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