Brazilian midfielder Rafinha Alcantara, who is on loan at Inter Milan from Barcelona, has claimed that he would love to make his contract permanent with Inter Milan.
Rafinha’s fitness issues had prevented him from making the desired impact at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian had always found his opportunities limited at Barcelona, as he missed most of his time due to injury and was always facing an uphill battle for playing time, in any case, considering the clubs wide range of options in midfield.
Rafinha graduated from the famed Barcelona academy, ‘La Masia’ but his progress has always been stunted by a lack of first-team action. He started his professional career with Barcelona after making his debut with the first team in 2011.
Soon after returning from an injury which kept him out for eight months, Barcelona gave him an opportunity to open the new chapter of his football career, by sending him on loan to Milan. Once the loan deal gets expire on June 30, 2018, Inter can buy the Brazilian for a fee of €35million plus add-ons.
Life is all good for the Brazilian in Italy as he has succeeded in living up to the expectations. When quizzed about his future plans and his wish to join Barcelona, Rafinha Alcantara told Premium Sport:
“I’m very happy to be here, everything is going well. I’m playing, and that. It’s important because it allows me to grow and find the right rhythm to reach top condition.
“I’ve been confident from the first day, Inter is a great team and we have the chance to reach our objective [the Champions League]. I’m learning Italian, I want to stay here. I wanted Inter right away, I feel at home here and I’m happy.”
Rafinha: “At Inter, I feel like home.”
— total Barça (@totalBarca) April 13, 2018
The Brazilian has made ten appearances and in his latest outing came against Torino. Rafinha will be back in action on Sunday when Italian Giants takes on Atlanta.
Rafinha has many reputable strengths, most notably his dribbling and his passing. The Brazilian is really comfortable with the ball on his feet and has really got a great sixth sense. He is a player with undoubted ability on the ball, with an engine that never stops and his versatility will surely make him finest of all. A permanent move to Italy will surely help him in reshaping his career.