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Barcelona loans midfielder Rafinha to Celta Vigo

September 2, 2019
Barcelona's Rafinha, second left, kicks the ball next to Betis' goalkeeper Dani Martin, right, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Barcelona's Rafinha, second left, kicks the ball next to Betis' goalkeeper Dani Martin, right, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says midfielder Rafinha has agreed to sign a one-year contract extension until June 2021 and to be loaned for this season to Spanish rival Celta Vigo.

Barcelona said on Monday that Celta will cover Rafinha’s salary and pay the Spanish champions a possible 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) depending on certain unspecified conditions.

The 26-year-old Rafinha played on loan at Celta Vigo in 2013-14, performing exceptionally well before returning to Barcelona.

Injuries and stiff competition for minutes, however, have limited his appearances.

Rafinha’s brother, Thiago, plays for Bayern Munich.

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