Neymar: I’m adapting well

Neymar has mused at how Barcelona ‘welcomed me with open arms’ this summer and enthused at his early adaptation to life in Catalonia.

The Brazilian moved across to the Camp Nou this summer in a €57m transfer and has already established himself as a regular in the first team.

“It was the right moment to leave Brazil. I have chosen a marvellous club to play for – they have welcomed me with open arms,” Neymar has mused in the latest issue of UEFA’s official Champions League magazine.

The 21-year-old has reflected on the role international teammate Dani Alves has played in helping him settle.

“You must have a good friend alongside you to help you with the things you need. I have Dani, who is really important in helping me adapt, both at the club and outside it.

“He's someone who has helped me quite a lot, and my family too. My family continue to be as they always have been – they're helping me.

“I'm adapting well. I'm working as much as possible for the team. Clearly the start is hard when you arrive – you have to play a bit slower, but bit by bit, I'm getting there.

“There are differences, both on and off the pitch. Here, you learn how to live and be a good professional.

“In Brazil, if you have a ball, you are already happy. If you are happy, then everything will be alright.”

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