Rafinha puts pen to paper on a Barcelona contract extension, then turns around and makes a loan move to Celta Vigo.
According to Barcelona’s official club website, fcbarcelona.com, Rafinha has extended his stay with Barcelona by signing a one-year contract extension but has also been loaned out to Celta Vigo to gain first-team experience.
LATEST NEWS: @Rafinha extends deal one year and goes to Celta on loan.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 2, 2019
The Brazilian midfielder’s future has been surrounded with speculation all summer. There was plenty of talk about a move to Valencia. However, it is understood, that the inner turmoil with owner Peter Lim leads to no deal ever being signed off.
The player wants to play for Barca, but at 26 years of age, does not want to spend any more time sitting on the bench as an unused substitute.
Barcelona does not want to get rid of the player, that has been with them through the La Masia club academy from the U17 team.
Rafinha only had one year left on his current deal, but Barca see him as still having a potential future at the club and thus any deal was subject to them tying the player down to the club.
His new deal now keeps him on the Catalonian clubs books until 2021.
Even if they decide next year to let him go, the new deal ensures Barca can command a reasonable fee for the player.
He has been to Celta before on loan, having played 33 times, scored four goals and had seven assists in a season with them.
There was also had a brief spell at Inter Milan, and managed 17 appearances in a five period, scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists.
Rafinha has made 90 appearances for the Barca first team, scoring 12 goals, plus eight assists.
However, they have been primarily substitute appearances and are not many considering the number of years he has been at the club.
This season has seen him play in all three opening games.
This has been due to an injury crisis at the Camp Nou and he is fully aware that once Messi, Suarez and Dembele are fully fit, he will be back to the bench.
— RC Celta (@RCCelta) September 2, 2019