Neymar: Barcelona make me hugely happy

The 22-year-old's enthusiasm has not been dampened by a turbulent and unsuccessful debut campaign at Camp Nou and expressed his pride at wearing the club colours
Neymar has stressed that he is "hugely happy" at Barcelona despite an opening season without much in the way of silverware.

The Brazilian arrived at Camp Nou to much fanfare last summer but his first year in Catalunya was blighted by injuries and controversy surrounding his transfer from Santos.

However, as he prepares for the 2014-15 season having belatedly joined up with his team-mates for pre-season training a week ago, Neymar insists he is loving life in Barcelona.

"I'm delighted with the affection of Barca fans, they are around the world, in countries that I never expected," the 22-year-old told the club's official website. "It makes me hugely happy.

"I love much of what I do, which is playing football. For me there is a great pride in being part of the history of Barcelona - one of the biggest clubs that exists in the world. "

"I have the pleasure of wearing the Barca shirt and play with team-mates whom I am a fan of and whom I admire very much."

Neymar suffered a back injury while on World Cup duty with Brazil this summer but was declared fit upon his return to Camp Nou and could play a part in the club's next pre-season clash with Leon on August 18.

Barca will subsequently kick off their Liga season on Sunday August 24 at home to Elche.