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Father of Rafinha admits likely Barcelona exit

The father of Barcelona midfielder Rafinha admits he's likely to leave in January.

A summer target for Betis, the Brazilian never made the move but has been left to rot by Ernesto Valverde, save for the odd cursory appearance.

"It's a crazy thing, he doesn't understand anything," Mazinho said to Galicia Sport.

"Only the coach knows why he hasn't played, and the truth is that we have to try to get Rafa back to a regular playing situation.

"At Barcelona, he's getting three games in a row then being dropped.

"The coach has his way of working in his head, but for Rafa... he had a very good pre-season and some spectacular games, so this situation isn't understood."

If Rafinha is still at the Blaugrana beyond January, it will be a surprise.

"We have to look for an exit because it is very complicated here," Mazinho continued.

"It's been practically two years, he plays very little and needs a club that will give him 30 or 40 games per season.

"He hasn't had continuity in the game for a long time.

"We won't rule out a winter transfer, and there are interested clubs.

"Barcelona are willing to give the transfer the green light and the player is happy, so we will work together."

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