Portuguese side Benfica have joined the race to sign Rafinha from Barcelona. Real Betis have already expressed an interest in the Brazilian who is expected to cost €25 million. Benfica are hoping that their possible qualification for the Champions League may help their cause.
Sergio Busquets was another player to voice his displeasure with the state of Real Valladolid’s pitch on Saturday night. He said: “With the pitch like it was it was really hard to play. It’s lamentable that the best league in the world is played in these conditions. There were areas that seemed more like a beach.
Ivan Rakitic confirmed his intention to stay at Barcelona after Saturday’s match. There are plenty of reasons behind his decision. He is happy at the club, is set for an improved contract, Valverde did not want to let him go and PSG were not willing to meet his release clause.
Referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea seemingly had no problems with Real Valladolid’s pitch. The match official’s report did not state any problems with the playing surface. Indeed he wrote ‘None’ in answer to the question ‘Deficiencies observed in the playing surface or facilities.’
Barcelona have released a video on Twitter showing the reaction of their youngsters after winning a penalty shootout. The kids are seen consoling their opponents and showing real class despite their tender years.