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PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

Rafael Alcántara do Nascimento, 'Rafinha', signed a contract this morning that will keep him at the Club until the 2013/14 season, with a buyout clause of 12 million Euros until the 2012/13 campaign rising to 30 million the following year.

Club Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the board member responsible for Barça B and the youth teams, Jordi Mestre, both accompanied Rafinha at the signing. The player expressed his "great happiness  - signing for a Club like this, the best in the world- is marvellous."

The attacker revealed that his brother Thiago has always been "an example I can measure myself against," and went on to explain his sensations on his debut for the first team on November 9th, when the team met Hospitalet in the Spanish Cup: "it's the kind of thing you can't really believe. It's been my dream since I came here when I was just 13 years old – it really was a dream come true."

Barça B's season

Finally, Rafinha, who is still a member of the B team squad, reflected on the team's progress under Eusebio Sacristán this season: "we are playing well, but the truth is that the results at the start of the season just wouldn't come for us. We've started on a good run now though and let's see if we can keep that up."

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