Messi relishing Neymar link-up

The Barcelona forward is looking forward to playing alongside the recently signed Brazil star and thinks that the arrival of Pep Guardiola makes Bayern Munich even stronger
Lionel Messi is eagerly anticipating teaming up with Neymar next season and hopes that the former Santos star can replicate his Brazil form at Barcelona.

The 21-year-old has been in fine form at the Confederations Cup, netting three goals and setting up two more to lead Brazil to the final of the competition, and the Argentine is anticipating more to come from his new team-mate at club level.

"Neymar really is a great player and I have no doubt that he will contribute a lot," the Argentine was quoted as saying by Sport.

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"I hope that he can keep up his current form at Brazil with Barcelona in the new season."

The prolific attacker then went on to discuss the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as Real Madrid coach and thinks that the Santiago Bernabeu side will be back challenging for the Liga title again in 2013-14.

"Barcelona's goal will again be to fight for all trophies. We will have to compete against a great team, though. It will not be easy because Madrid have some great players," he went on.

"They already had a good coach before and have now found another great one."

Messi also had his say on Pep Guardiola's move to Bayern, warning that the former Barca boss will make the Champions League winners even stronger.

"Bayern were already a great team before Pep's arrival," he remarked. "They won it all last season and have some fine players. The arrival of Guardiola will only make them stronger."