Nîmes-PSG: we will discover Rafinha, the friend of Neymar and Icardi
Arrived, adopted and already titular? This is the sequence that Rafinha could well conclude this Friday. Recruited by PSG on the gong on Monday, October 5, the Brazilian attacking midfielder lived his first ten days at the Camp des Loges. Without the internationals mobilized by meetings in Europe, Africa or South America but not without intensity. The 27-year-old considers himself “ready” to start Friday in Nîmes if Thomas Tuchel calls on him.
Finally, despite this last minute transfer, the benchmarks of Rafael Alcantara, brother of Thiago, midfielder of Liverpool, were not greatly jostled. Happy to find a new challenge in his career, Rafinha does not dive into the unknown at PSG. He quickly integrated into the group thanks to two factors: language and training. Passed by FC Barcelona, Rafinha grew up with Spanish, the dialect almost the most spoken at the Camp des Loges. As for the sessions of the Parisian staff, they are similar to those practiced in Catalonia, enough to delight this ball handler.
“He knows his qualities, he knows that if the injuries leave him alone he will be able to shine,” we warn in Paris. Still at the hotel, Rafinha should soon settle in her cocoon. Just as he will soon start French lessons. With a three-year contract, the Brazilian intends to adapt as quickly as possible to Parisian life, as disturbed as in Barcelona due to the health crisis. Beyond the environment, Rafinha finds especially in Paris two personalities that he knows well: Mauro Icardi and Neymar.
Friend since adolescence with Icardi
He only found the latter this Thursday at the Camp des Loges. His compatriot has just shone with Brazil thanks to a hat-trick on Tuesday night in Peru. Olympic champions together in 2016, “Ney” and Rafinha adore each other. In 2017, they were also both holders during the “remount” of Barça against PSG (6-1). “I would love to see him return to Barcelona,” Rafinha proclaimed to the daily Sport in July 2019. Here they are finally reunited in Paris.
But Neymar is not the only PSG player Rafinha has known in Catalonia. With Icardi, it is the reunion of two teenage friends. Born the same year (1993) a week apart, the two players made the 400 blows together at Barça’s training center, La Masia, between 2008 and 2011, before the Argentine joined Italy. In 2018, they also played together for six months at Inter Milan. “I’ve known him since I was 15. He helped me a lot when I arrived at Inter, ”said Rafinha during his loan. Hoping for PSG that the connection between them goes as well on the pitch.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr