Agent and father of Rafinha: "We waited for Inter as long as we could..."
“Inter, for me, were a spectacular experience. I did not know the style of football and language but to me, it was the most important thing to come back and play after my injuries. I knew that my ability to adapt quickly was fundamental and thanks to my teammates and the fans, I was very well received and was able to regain confidence in my ability to play football. The Spanish league is more technical while the Italian one has more tactics. And now I feel very good thanks to the work with my trainer.
“I spent five very good months at Inter. I felt very well there and seriously thought that with the Champions League qualification, I would have stayed but it did not happen. Football sometimes does not bring what you want. I am now a Barcelona player and I have not joined any club yet. In my head, I am ready to show up for preseason training camp on July 11th.”
That was Rafinha speaking to Brazilian media saluting the fans of Inter, the club that did not exercise option to buy him for 35 million plus three in bonuses. But his time in Serie A may not be over because as revealed by Mazinho, father and agent of Rafinha, “the phone is ringing, there are many requests even from the Italian league.”
“Staying in Milan has always been our priority but time is running out. We can no longer afford to wait: now it is only right for us to look around. Rafinha was very well at Inter. The fans immediately adopted him with affection and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, no sign has arrived from the club. Too bad because it would have been important to play in Europe with Inter after earning it on the field.”
Is it difficult to set up a new negotiation?
“The agreement with Barcelona expired on June 5th. My son would have come back even now but time is being wasted, it has been dragging out for too long. Perhaps if they had wanted my son more seriously, they would have moved immediately with conviction. Now it is important to pick another club.”
The position of Barcelona?
“We have already talked to them and together, we are evaluating the best for them and for us. We are waiting to understand their intention. Right now, I cannot say where he is going to play.”
How many offers do you have on the table?
“There is no shortage of opportunities. Inter guaranteed Rafinha an important return and he is physically very well. Merits belong Spalletti, a great coach that we would like to say thanks. He focused on my son, managing him the best way possible.”
Your new priority?
“We are evaluating, the phone is ringing… There are requests from La Liga, Premier League, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.”
None from Serie A?
“Yes there are. Some great teams already have contacted us but I will not name them. These remain top secret (smile).”
Would your son accept to play in Serie A with another shirt?
“We have to evaluate the best for him, this is what matters. Until today, we put everything on standby to wait for Inter which tried to lower the redemption cost but now we have to find a new team as soon as possible. The goal is to start preseason training camp with a new team.”
Is there a favorite?
“I do not know. It does not only depend on us but also Barcelona from the type of operation that they intend to negotiate and the value of Rafinha. I take care of the contract, the transfer fee is decided by the club.”