"I would like to ask for people to have a bit more patience with him because he's our biggest star at the moment.
"If he's not relaxed and ready to play and doesn't have support, the team can suffer a lot from it."
The man charged with harnessing Neymar's talent is coach Luis Felipe Scolari -- the mastermind behind Brazil's last march to World Cup glory in 2002.
Scolari, who was reappointed last November, will first target June's Confederations Cup with success there likely to further boost expectations in Brazil.
The 64-year-old, affectionately known as "Big Phil", first took on the job in 2001 before guiding Brazil to success in Japan and South Korea the following year.
"He's a serious guy," Silva said of the national coach, who has also enjoyed time in charge of Portugal and Chelsea amongst many others.
"On the other hand, he's happy as well, very joyful," added the Brazil captain.
"He has his moments to have fun, but he's a guy that when it's time to work, it's time to work and to be serious about what you are doing.
"What I like about him is his personality. He's a firm guy in his words, if you are not playing well, you will get benched.
"If you are benched and are training well you will have your opportunity.
"He's a very open person. If you are playing well you will play, if not, you won't play, that's the way football should be.
"I see in him a very positive guy. He's a person who has won it all and wants to win even more.
"I hope we can have success together since we are getting a strong group for the World Cup and to win titles, which is the most important in football."
Scolari's selection policy will no doubt be heavily scrutinized with question marks still hanging over the likes of Ronaldinho and Kaka.
World Cup winner Ronaldinho, 33, played against England in January 2013 having not featured on the international stage for nearly a year.
Kaka, 31, was once considered the finest player in the world but has seen his career stagnate since moving from Milan to Real Madrid in 2009.
Both men still harbor ambitions of pulling on the famous yellow shirt in front of their home fans -- a dream which is still intact according to Silva.
"There's always room in our team for players who are in good form," he added.
"I'm sure if they are playing well, they will have other opportunities.
"Brazil's team is like that, it's filled with opportunities and players of great quality.
"When you're talking about Kaka and Ronaldinho -- I don't even have words to describe those two great players that the Brazilian football has.
"You can be sure that if they are playing well in their clubs, I'm sure Scolari will give them another opportunity."