Transfer: Real reason I snubbed Chelsea, Arsenal for Barcelona – Raphinha

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Raphinha has expressed his delight at joining Barcelona from Leeds United.

The Brazil international joined the Blaugurana in a €68m deal on Wednesday.

According to Raphinha, it has been his dream and that of his family and friends from when he was young.

He said: “For me it’s a dream, not just mine but my family and friends.

“Whoever saw me play, knows that to get here is a dream that I’ve had since I was young. Now what I have to do is give my best and help Barça to return to being the Barça they always were.”

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Raphinha also admitted he’s following in his Brazilian idols’ footsteps by coming to Barcelona.

“I saw Ronaldinho and Neymar play here. I am one more Brazilian who is arriving at Barça and I hope to achieve what they achieved there,” the 25-year-old added.

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