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The Barcelona full-back says his team-mates are struggling to put the coach's illness behind them and believes Neymar is delighted to be at the club

Barcelona defender Adriano has stressed that former coach Tito Vilanova is still in the hearts and minds of the entire squad.

The 44-year-old was forced to step down from his post last week as he continues his treatment for cancer and while he may be gone, he is has not been forgotten by his players.

"We're trying to raise our heads. We tried to do things to put it past us, but it's impossible. We think of Tito every day," Adriano said.

"Now the staff are in a climate of uncertainty, we don't know whether they'll stay or go. These are matters for [sporting director Andoni] Zubizarreta and the management."

Adriano's fellow Brazilian Neymar sealed a big-money move to Camp Nou this summer and the 28-year-old says his compatriot is delighted to be at his new club.

"I had a word with him during his presentation and he is happy. For the last two years, he's been asking me what the atmosphere is like at Barca in the national team.

"He had a dream to play at Barcelona, he'll grow here as a person."

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