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Rafinha could leave Barca for first team football

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is happy to leave the Camp Nou if first team football is offered in January, according to reports.

The Brazilian international damaged his knee ligaments last season in the 4-1 win over Granada and has not featured for the current La Liga leaders since April.

Having undergone various recovery methods, the youngster was deemed fully fit early in December but as expected – playing time is now hard to come by due to the form of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Paulinho.

Having scored eight goals last season under former boss Luis Enrique, it is expected that he will be given a chance by new boss Ernesto Valverde.

However, Mundo Deportivo claim he would be willing to leave if his chances of playing are deemed unlikely.

His possible return to the Camp Nou in January could therefore determine the futures of Arda Turan and Andre Gomes, who have found playing time hard to come by this season, whilst Denis Suarez is also waiting in the wings for a regular chance.

Turan has been strongly linked with a January exit and is expected to move on with Turkish and Premier League interest, whilst Portuguese midfielder Gomes is also gaining interest from a number of clubs.

Gomes only joined Barca last summer but he has failed to impress and has lacked minutes this season, following the arrival of Brazilian Paulinho, who scored an impressive brace against Deportivo La Coruna earlier this month.

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