Tuesday January 7 2014
Rafinha: Madrid made us pay

Celta Vigo midfielder Rafinha said Real Madrid made the Galicians pay dearly in the 3-0 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday night.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Carlo Ancelotti’s men on 67 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped things up with two goals in the last 10 minutes.

However, things could have been very different had Celta striker Charles not spurned two glorious opportunities with the game goalless, and Rafinha [pictured, left] made it clear it is the small details that count.

Saturday December 28 2013
Deulofeu & Rafinha earn Barca recalls

Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha will return to Barcelona for next season, Mundo Deportivo report this afternoon.

The Barcelona-based newspaper have claimed that Balugrana Coach Tata Martino has been impressed with the pairs’ performance this term on loan, and will recall them both for the 2014-15 campaign.

Deulofeu has been impressive for Everton this term, despite not being a regular under Roberto Martinz’s this term.

Rafinha meanwhile, has been ever-present for Celta Vigo – playing 16 League matches, scoring three times.

Friday September 6 2013
Barca incentivise over player loans

Barcelona have reportedly set it up to financially incentivise Everton and Celta Vigo respectively to play Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha this season.

Young winger Deulofeu has joined Roberto Martinez’s Premier League side this summer on a 12-month temporary deal from the Catalans, just as Rafael Alcantara, Rafinha, has joined Celta for the season.

Thursday August 1 2013
Rafinha outlines Celta ambition

Rafael Alcantara, better known as Rafinha, has reflected on what he hopes to achieve this season on loan from Barcelona at Celta Vigo.

The younger brother of Thiago Alcantara has similarly left the Camp Nou this summer, but temporarily, to reunite with former Barca B Coach Luis Enrique at Celta Vigo.

Speaking to AS on the move this week, the 20-year-old was asked which he’d prefer between a regular starting berth this term with Barca or leading Celta into a European fight.

Tuesday July 16 2013
Rafinha ‘always fond of Celta’

Rafael Alcantara, Rafinha, has enthused at the prospect of being able to play for Celta Vigo next season in the Primera Division.

The 20-year-old yesterday completed a season long loan move from Barcelona to reunite with former Barca B Coach Luis Enrique, return to the city where his mother lives and to play for the club that his father represented over a decade ago.

Monday July 15 2013
Celta confirm Rafinha loan

Celta Vigo have confirmed that they have picked up Barcelona’s Rafael Alcantara, Rafinha, on a season long loan deal.

Luis Enrique’s new team were reported last week by the player himself as having negotiated, as widely expected, a temporary deal for 2013-14.

In a statement released on Monday, the Galicians have made official the news through their official website and will present the 20-year-old at Balaidos this evening at 5pm local time.

Thursday July 11 2013
Rafinha confirms Celta move

Barcelona B midfielder Rafael Alcantara, better known as Rafinha, has indicated that he will be moving to Celta Vigo on loan.

The younger brother of Thiago Alcantara had been strongly expected to move to the Galicians this summer, on from having agreed to a contract extension at the Camp Nou.

Despite late interest rumoured to be from Everton, the 20-year-old has indicated through his official Twitter account that his destination is Vigo, where his mother hails from.

Wednesday July 10 2013
Nolito expects no favours

Nolito has reflected that he expects no favouritism at Celta Vigo from Coach Luis Enrique, whilst he encourages Barcelona’s Rafinha to join him at Balaidos.

The striker, who was signed at the start of this month by Celta in a €2.5m deal from Benfica, reunites with former Coach Enrique.

Despite having spent three years together at Barcelona B, the 26-year-old has affirmed that he does not see it as an advantage in trying to break into the first XI.

Wednesday July 3 2013
Rafinha set for Barca renewal

Rafael Alcantara, known as Rafinha, will reportedly put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at Barcelona tomorrow.

The 20-year-old younger brother of Thiago Alcantara has been in talks with the Catalans these past few weeks to extend his current deal beyond its June 2014 expiry, ahead of then sending him out on loan for a season.

It is believed that the midfielder, who has a current buyout clause set at €30m, will be handed a two-year extension, to take him through to June 2016.

Thursday June 27 2013
Thiago's brother extends Barca deal

Barcelona have confirmed that talented young forward Rafinha has signed a contract extension with the club.

The 20-year-old, who is the younger brother of Thiago Alcantara, has put pen-to-paper on a deal until 2016.

The Blaugrana have confirmed that his minimum fee release clause has been increased to €30m.

The attacking midfielder, who has represented both Spain U19 and Brazil U20, is expected to join Celta Vig on a season-long loan within the next few weeks.

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