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Jul 5, 2013

Rafinha pens new Barca deal

Rafinha Alcantara, brother of Thiago, has signed a three-year contract extension with Barcelona.

Rafinha Alcantara in action for Barcelona
Rafinha Alcantara is willing to go out on loan next season.

Rafinha, like his sibling, had been weighing up his options, which included a loan move to Celta Vigo.

Luis Enrique, Celta coach and former Barca B boss, was keen to take both the 20-year-old and his team-mate Jonathan Dos Santos to Balaidos, while Rafinha’s father, Mazinho, represented the La Liga side from 1996-1999.

However, the younger of the two Alcantaras opted to put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at Barca until 2016 instead, although he has made it clear that there is still a chance he could be representing a different team come next season.

“I am very happy to continue to be attached to the club but I am open to the possibility of going out on loan,” he told the press after signing his new contract. “If I need to do that in order to get minutes then that’s not a problem.”

Rafinha, who, unlike his brother, has chosen to represent Brazil at international level, played 36 games for Barca B last season, netting 10 goals.

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