Barcelona 'not worried' over Neymar fouls

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Andoni Zubizarreta says he remains unconcerned by the amount Neymar is being fouled and is only worried about whether the Brazilian star is settling in properly.

The Barcelona sporting director played a big hand in the transfer of Neymar in the summer, who came to the Nou Camp from Santos in a €57m deal.

The tricky forward has so far had a baptism of fire to European football and has been on the receiving end of some rough challenges.

Gerardo Martino criticised the referee in yesterday's game against Osasuna for not punishing players for targeting Barcelona's new star.

He told reporters: "The referee again allowed defenders to kick Neymar unpunished. Sometimes they should pay more attention, especially without the ball."

However, the sporting director of Barcelona Zubizarreta insists he remains unconcerned by the challenges and insists it is only an indication of the threat Neymar brings to the football pitch.

He told reporters: "I'm not worried about Neymar getting fouled.

"He's a big threat as a player and that's why he gets fouled so much. Whenever he's on the ball he makes things happen."

Zubizarreta continued saying his only concern is making sure Neymar settles in Barcelona properly and remains confident that the Brazil international is doing just that.

He said: "I'd be worried if he weren't settling in well, but my mind is at ease on that front. As he improves his game, the rest will take care of itself."

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