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Rafael Alcántara parlant davant dels mitjans de comunicació a la sala de premsa

Rafinha at a press conference talking about the start of the season / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Rafael Alcantara appeared at a press conference for the first time as a Barça first team player,  to take stock of the first few working days of the new season. The midfielder evaluated his return to Barça after a year on loan at Celta Vigo, where he also had Luis Enrique as his coach. "Last year was very good. I had the opportunity to play lots of minutes and to mature as a player" Rafinha told the media

Mathieu is a great defender and he's very quick. He'll be a great signing for the team.

Rafinha also commented on some of the latest news, like  the announcement of the agreement with Valencia for the incorporation of Jérémy Mathieu. "He’s a great defender and he’s very quick. He’ll be a great addition to the team", he said. Another name that cropped up was that of Xavi Hernandez. Rafinha is very happy to share a dressing room with Xavi and said: "Xavi is Barca and I will be fortunate to be able to learn from him."

Looking at the start of the season, the midfielder is "ready to work hard and do my very best", whilst acknowledging that all the players at Barça will "give their all to help the team".

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