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Barcelona ace Xavi impressed by Neymar

Xavi has been impressed by the work of Neymar at Barcelona this season.

The Brazilian has lived up to his reputation since his summer arrival from Santos.

"Neymar is fantastic. He showed us his level during the Confederations Cup. He's called to make a difference on the team and he's doing just that because he's decisive."

Xavi also told El Mundo Deportivo: "He's an intelligent lad, he understands football well beyond taking players on one-on-one. He doesn't lose possession, he adapts to the circulation of play, he understands Barça's philosophy and he'll improve. He's 21 and his progress has been fantastic. When he first arrived he was timid, now he has more confidence."

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