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Rafinha signs three-year Barca extension

5 July 2013 14:49

Barcelona youngster Rafa Alcantara has signed a new three-year extension to his deal with the Catalan club.

The Brazilian midfielder's brother Thiago has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United of late, having reportedly grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities at the Camp Nou.

However, Rafinha has no intentions of leaving the La Liga champions, and has put pen to paper on a contract which runs until 2016.

"I am very happy to stay on at Barca. I am not ignoring the option of going somewhere on loan. If I have to go away to get playing time, then that’s no problem," he told the club's official website.

"I came here when I was 13 with the dream of one day making it into the first team and I am very happy that my dream is coming true.

"This club has given me values and an education. I am the player I am thanks to Barca."

Rafinha made his debut for Barcelona's first-team in November 2011, replacing Cesc Fabregas in a Copa del Rey win over L'Hospitalet.

The 20-year-old represented Spain up until Under-19 level before electing to play for Brazil Under-20s.

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