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Barcelona defender Dani Alves has defended his team-mate and compatriot Neymar, claiming the forward has only been criticised in recent weeks following allegations over his controversial summer transfer from Santos.
– Barcelona defender Dani Alves.
I think the criticism only started when the details about his contract emerged, before that everyone was happy with him," Alves told a press conference.
We should not judge him on how much he cost, but on how well he is playing.
For me now he is playing as well as he was at the start of the season. You expect that there will always be a period of adaptation when a player arrives in a new country, but he has been playing well.
The club paid so much for him because he is worth it. People have paid more money for players that haven't been worth it.
Victor Valdes has likely played his final game for Barcelona and will miss this summer's World Cup after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in their 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday night.
The 32-year-old goalkeeper, who has long planned to leave the Nou Camp at the end of his contract in June, fell awkwardly while saving a free-kick from Fabian Orellana in the 22nd minute of the match, and could be seen crying as he left the pitch on a cart.