Rafinha Alcantara's father rules out Barcelona exit amid Liverpool and Arsenal transfer links
Rafinha Alcantara’s father has denied his son is considering leaving Barcelona ahead of the coming summer transfer window. Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus and even Flamengo are said to be interested in his services but the versatile midfielder is determined to continue at the Nou Camp for the long-term.
The 24-year-old is currently in the treatment room due to a serious knee injury but previously played a key role for manager Luis Enrique, scoring seven goals and grabbing five assist in 28 appearances.
However, his future at Barcelona has come into question since the boss announced he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
The Spanish manager has been crucial in Rafinha’s breakthrough into the top flight. Luis Enrique coached him during his loan spell at Celta Vigo in the 2013-2014 campaign and didn’t hesitate to bring him back to the Nou Camp when he was appointed the manager of Barcelona.
In March Mundo Deportivo reported that all Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus were closely tracking the situation ahead of making a potential move in the summer if he becomes available.
Those rumours resurfaced earlier this week after Mundo Deportivo and other Spanish media said that the 24-year-old is considering leaving Barcelona in order to secure more regular time somewhere else to improve his chances of a playing the World Cup 2018.
The Catalan publication reiterated that Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus have expressed an interest in his situation while adding that Rafinha could also consider to move on loan to his homeland to play for Flamengo.
In November 2015 Rafinha signed a long-term deal at Barcelona until 2020, setting his buyout clause in €75m (£64.5m, $81.6m). Yet, Mundo Deportivo added that the La Liga giants would be ready to listen offers for between €30m and €40m.
Rafinha’s brother Thiago has already left Barcelona to join Bayern Munich after growing frustrated with his lack of playing time.
However, Rafinha’s father has now claimed that Thiago’s young brother won’t follow the same footsteps.
“This is absurd, I don’t know who started this,” Mazinho said to Sport TV. “Rafinha has no interest in leaving Barcelona. We have a contract until 2020 and he will finish it normally.”
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