Rafinha Alcântara is staying put…
The 20-year-old Brazilian soccer pro, the brother of Thiago Alcântara, has signed a three-year contract extension with Barcelona.
Rafinha had been considering all his options, including a potentia 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 teammate 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 has chosen to represent Brazil at the international level, played 36 games for Barca B last season, netting 10 goals.