The former Santos starlet has yet to start a competitive fixture for the Blaugrana but the Blaugrana official feels he will benefit in the long term
Neymar again only featured as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Malaga despite injury keeping out Lionel Messi, but Zubizarreta believes it was the correct decision given the Brazil starlet's pre-season fitness problems.
"If Messi is not there, it does not mean that Neymar has to be," the former Spain international is quoted as saying by Marca.
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"He is a player that we know well. He has speed, accuracy, is good one on one, but there are also other players in the team who have attributes like that.
"He has a desire to go as quickly as possible with us. And every day he is giving us more. He is moving in the right direction."
Without their star duo, Barcelona lacked a cutting edge against Malaga and only prevailed thanks to a long-range effort from full-back Adriano.
"We struggled against a very tight defence," Zubizarreta mused. "Even at 1-0 down, the game did not open up.
"But in the final few minutes, we could have scored a second, or Malaga could have earned a draw.
"Still, we should remember that we are in August and that there are things to work on.
"We must remember that a large part of the squad was not incorporated back into the rest of the group until July 28th, so they have not even had a month of competition.
"Things should gradually improve. Besides, there is always a need to introduce new things slowly in oder to surprise the opponent."
Neymar, who joined Barcelona from Santos for €57 million (£50m) earlier this summer, was diagnosed as anaemic before subsequently losing seven kilograms in weight after having his tonsils removed during pre-season.