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Vilanova Praises New Signing Neymar

  • Marca, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:10 PM

Neymar on Monday signed a five-year deal with Barcelona in a transfer worth a reported $38.7 million, according to Brazilian media. Following the blockbuster move, which is Barca’s second-most expensive transfer ever, coach Tito Vilanova praised the player for choosing the Catalan club.

"I congratulate the player because he's chosen a club for soccer reasons and not for money,” Vilanova said. “He's chosen Barcelona because he likes its playing style and thinks that he can adapt well to it. We got in before other clubs, we knew of him beforehand and they've been sending us footage of him for two and a half years. When other clubs went for him, we were already returning with him.”

He added: "The better the players you have, the harder it can be for the coach. You have to find a way to give every player their chance to shine. We've been through this before."

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