Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has revealed that he spoke to compatriot Neymar before deciding to turn down an offer from Chelsea and move to Spain.
The former Leeds United striker agreed to join the Nou Camp for a fee of £56 million. After being heavily link with Premier League clubs Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea. Especially the latter with an official purchase offer
However, Rafinha revealed that he had spoken to Neymar who suggested he should decide to move to the club. “Chao Boonthum” more than
“I spoke to Neymar about the transfer and he told me that if I go to Barcelona, I won’t regret it and he’s right. I turned down Chelsea because my dream is to wear the shirt. Barcelona,” Rafinha told the Daily Mail.
“What surprises me at the club? There is no doubt a warm welcome from the fans. Staff and players Everyone is really nice and helping new players.”
As a result of the pair’s friendship, Rafinha began accompanying his father to barbecues at Ronaldinho’s house in Porto Alegre during the off-season and formed a strong bond with his father’s friend, who naturally became a role model.
So while Chelsea fans will no doubt be saddened by the snub, it’s perhaps more understandable why a young Brazilian would choose the club. That represents not one, but two of his country’s greatest ever players.
And it would seem that player Xavi has suited up for Barcelona, with a goal and an assist each in his four games at the club so far.
Barcelona legend Ronaldinho was idolize by Rafinha while growing up in Brazil
Ronaldinho was a friend of Rafinha (left) and his family. Especially his father (bottom centre).