By 90Min
October 22, 2018

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has admitted that he was looking forward to remaining at Inter and thought they would have signed him on a permanent basis.

The 25-year-old Brazilian joined the Italian side on loan in January and took a real liking to the club. But he returned to Barca during the summer and has made three appearances for the La Liga champions so far this season.

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With La Blaugrana set to welcome the Nerazzurri to the Camp Nou on Wednesday for a Champions League showdown, Rafinha is excited to face some of his former Inter teammates.

"Obviously," he told Mundo Deportivo in an interview, when asked if will be a special occasion for him. "It was a big surprise when it touched us and a motivation for me. At the same time, I want to meet again with my colleagues and the people who welcomed me so well."

Asked if he was hurt by the Serie A side not taking him on a permanent deal, he replied: "Painful is not the word. It was just a few months in which I was very well, regaining confidence after a long injury. 

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"For the treatment of my teammates and that of all the fans I felt very comfortable, they treated me like at home. Logically, as things happened, it was not expected.

"No. I knew they were happy inside the club and we thought they were going to exercise the purchase option, but it did not end up happening."

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