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Monday September 7 2015
Robert: Adriano & Rafinha agreed

Robert Fernandez has confirmed that Adriano and Rafinha are on the verge of extending their contracts with Barcelona.

The Brazilian duo were linked with Camp Nou exits over the summer, the midfielder's [pictured] deal expiring at the end of the season, but the sporting director has now revealed that their renewals are “more or less” agreed, while talks with Neymar will commence imminently.

“I can say that we're more or less in agreement [with Adriano and Rafinha],” he told Esport 3.

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Monday September 7 2015
Rafinha revels in 'happiest day'

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has claimed that making his Brazil debut against Costa Rica on Saturday was “the happiest day of my life”.

The 22-year-old – who switched his international allegiance to his fatherland in 2013, despite his brother Thiago continuing to represent Spain – played the final 10 minutes of the Selecao's 1-0 win against the 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists.

“It's the happiest day of my life,” he told the Brazilian Football Confederation's (CBF) official website.

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Wednesday September 2 2015
‘Brazil over Spain an easy choice’

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha says he didn’t hesitate in choosing to represent Brazil despite also being eligible for Spain.

Rafinha has been called into the South Americans’ senior squad for the first time and despite his brother, Thiago Alcantara, deciding to play for La Roja, he says it was never an option he considered.

“The choice between Brazil and Spain was the easiest of my life. I’m 100% Brazilian,” Marca quotes Rafinha as saying.

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Sunday August 30 2015
Barca ready to renew Rafinha

Barcelona and Rafinha are in talks over a contract extension and a deal could be reached very soon as all parties are willing.

Mundo Deportivo reports the negotiations have been on-going since June with Rafinha’s contract due to expire next summer.

Talks are said to be on track over a deal that could tie Rafinha down until the summer of 2020, or possibly 2021. His clause would also be raised from €30m.

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Friday August 21 2015
Barca duo on Pedro exit

Munir El Haddadi and Rafinha, while sad that Pedro Rodriguez has left Barcelona, claim they will do all they can to fill the winger's void.

The duo were peripheral members of the Barca first team last season, as the side went on to lift an historic treble, but they are now keen on establishing themselves in light of the 28-year-old's departure to Chelsea.

“[Although I'm sad about Pedro leaving because] I was very fond of him, [his departure] opens a few more doors.” Munir was quoted as saying by Marca.

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Friday June 19 2015
Father ‘calm’ on Rafinha future

Rafinha is remaining “calm” about his future at Barcelona, despite receiving no indications of a renewal, according to his World Cup-winning father Mazinho.

The midfielder signed his last contract in June 2013, shortly before joining Celta Vigo on a season-long loan, and now has only one year left on that deal, but the former Brazil international believes an extension will eventually be agreed.

“It’s true that [Barcelona] haven’t told us anything [about a renewal], but we’re calm,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

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Tuesday May 12 2015
Rafinha: ‘We can make it to Berlin’

Defender Rafinha believes Bayern Munich can get the goals against Barcelona that can propel them to the Champions League final.

The Bundesliga outfit go into Tuesday’s semi-final second leg clash with Barca at the Allianz Arena hoping to overturn a 3-0 deficit, yet the Brazil international feels his team can still produce a great performance against Luis Enrique’s men.

“For 77 minutes last week we played very well, defended very well, but after that we made some mistakes and paid for it,” Rafinha told a Press conference.

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Saturday March 14 2015
Rafinha: Eibar win very important

Rafinha believes Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Saturday will prove crucial in their bid to be crowned champions this season.

The Brazilian midfielder completed 70 minutes of La Blaugrana’s win at Ipurua, before being replaced by his ‘teacher’ Xavi Hernandez, who made his 750th appearance for the club.

“We played at our own pace and went onto take the three points,” he said after the game.

“The squad are prepared for every game. We knew the game was very important.

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Monday February 2 2015
Player of Week 21: Rafinha

A surprise starter for Barcelona, Rafinha responded with a display of courage and quality that sees him named Andrew Tuft’s Player of the Week…

Luis Enrique’s team selections have at times raised eyebrows. The Barcelona Coach went almost 30 games without naming the same XI for two fixtures in a row and, in that streak, made some questionable choices - think Jeremy Mathieu at left-back against Real Madrid.

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Sunday February 1 2015
Rafinha delighted with starring role

Rafinha spoke of his delight at having played a starring role for Barcelona during their 3-2 victory over Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday.

The Brazilian midfielder was surprisingly preferred to Ivan Rakitic against the Yellow Submarine, but he warranted his inclusion by scoring the Catalans' second equaliser of the night.

“It was a very important match for me. I gave everything, although I know it’s hard to win a place [in this team],” he told Canal+.

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