By FOX SPORTS staff
The La Liga champions fended off competition from other European giants to seal a 57 million Euro deal for Brazilian hotshot Neymar earlier in the summer.
Despite suggestions from former Barcelona star Johan Cruyff that the team's new attacker will not be able to play alongside Ballon D'or winner Messi, Vilanova told the club's official website that he expects the duo to come to an understanding on the pitch.
"Will he have an understanding with Messi? They are two great players. One is the best player in the world, ever, and now we are adding another great player. It won’t be a problem for them to understand each other on the pitch," he stated.
"As teams will now have to keep an eye on one of the two players, the other will get more freedom. They are two great players, it’ll be perfect."
However, the Catalan side will not have the option of calling upon Thiago Alcantara for the upcoming campaign, as the Spanish Under-21 star has left Camp Nou to join Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
Nevertheless, Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was confident new academy product Sergi Roberto's abilities to step up and take Thiago's place.
"We’re counting on Sergi Roberto, who we have a lot of confidence in to cover the position in the midfield," he shared.