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Barcelona star, Rafinha joins Inter Milan on loan

Barcelona star, Rafinha joins Inter Milan on loan

Serie AFormer AC Milan boss Fabio Capello believes Rafinha will need time to adapt with rivals Inter Milan this term.

So, with that, it is fair to say the treble victor is far from convinced that the 24-year-old is good enough to improve Luciano Spalletti's team and play a crucial role in helping them seal qualification for next season's UEFA Champions League.

The arrival of his fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho within the Barcelona ranks for a club record £140m fee means that the 24-year-old looks set to end a 12 year relationship with the club as he hopes to battle his way into the national team ahead of the summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

He told Radio Deejay: "Rafinha is a player who has great quality, but he is coming off a long injury lay-off".

"There have been a lot of important players at Inter who have made history".

"It's always nice to have players who speak your language in the squad, I also know Mauro (Icardi), I've played with him before", he added of Inter's Argentina global striker.

It has been reported the fee will become will become mandatory if Inter qualify for the Champions League this season, in which case Rafinha will sign a three-year contract starting from July.

Rafinha needed surgery and was out for more than six months after tearing a cruciate knee ligament against Roma at the end of 2015.

Before that his last action came on April 2 a year ago, when he picked up the injury against Granada. "I've chosen the number eight shirt".

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