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The highly rated youngster completed a £48.6 million move to Barcelona on Monday, and the Manchester United defender says he is looking forward to seeing him on a bigger stage

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has welcomed Neymar to Europe, expressing his excitement at the highly rated youngster's move to Barcelona.

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The 21-year-old Brazil international was unveiled to the Liga champions' fans on Monday after completing a £48.6 million [€57m] switch from boyhood club Santos.

Neymar has long been tipped as the most exciting prospect in world football, since making his senior international debut as an 18-year-old, and has notched 20 goals in just 33 apperances for Selecao.

"Good luck to @Njr92 on the next stage of ya career! Lets see u dazzle Europe now!" Ferdinand posted on Twitter.

Real Madrid were also heavily linked with a move for Neymar, with both Liga giants having bids accepted for the Brazilian but the Blaugrana eventually won the race for his signature.

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