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Rafinha Alcantara offered five-year deal at Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara may have suffered a potentially season-ending injury but the Catalan club's faith in him is in no doubt after they offered him a new five-year deal.

The 22-year-old had only been on the field for three minutes during the 1-1 draw with Roma before a tackle from Radja Nainggolan ended his night and possibly his season.

The Brazilian suffered an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury and requires surgery in the coming days.

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Rafinha, younger brother of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, has been heavily involved for the Camp Nou outfit this season and has been rewarded for his strong start to the campaign with the new deal.

According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the agreement between Barca and Rafinha over the new deal was already in place, but the Blaugrana were not put off by his serious injury.

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He already has one year remaining on his current deal so the new contract, once signed, will tie the attacking midfielder to the club until 2021.

Rafinha played a bit part role in Barcelona's treble-winning season, making 36 appearances in all competitions, but many of them came off the bench.

However, the Brazil international had been involved in all three of Barcelona's La Liga games this season, making two starts.

Barcelona must go on without the young midfielder, and they welcome Levante to the Camp Nou on Sunday before a midweek trip to Celta Vigo.

Their next Champions League tie is a home fixture against Bayer Leverkusen, who thumped BATE Borisov 4-1 in their opening group game.

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