The club want to show his confidence in the player's future
Rafinha Alcántara ends contract with Barcelona next summer and negotitations with the club have been active for a long time. The player has gone through different situations that have influenced in the agreement. After his injury it seems negotiations could accelerate.
In the beginning of the season, Rafinha was just another player of the squad. Luis Enrique showed he trusted the midfielder and it seemed his importance was growing. Furthermore, two weeks ago he debuted in the Brazilian National Team.
However this Wednesday he got injured on his knee in the match vs Roma and he might be out of fields for all the season. As a sign of confidence, the club accelerated negotiations with Mazinho —father and agent of the player— to close the renewal. According to the newspaper Mundo Deportivo, he will sign for five seasons.