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The Spain international has downplayed the significance of the Madrid coach's comments and believes his brother Rafinha has a bright future ahead of him

Thiago Alcantara has urged his Barcelona team-mates to ignore Jose Mourinho's comments about the Catalans as he feels the Real Madrid coach's remarks will soon be forgotten again.

The Portuguese recently hit out at Andres Iniesta after the midfielder voiced his surprise with Iker Casillas' situation at Madrid, but the young midfielder says his club should pay no attention to the 50-year-old.

"I've been very respectful toward everyone. But when people speak about us, of course it affects us," he said at a press conference.

"Mourinho gave his opinion, but they are just words, not facts. No one will remember what Mourinho said in one year's time."

The 22-year-old also had his say on his brother Rafinha and believes that the youngster has a bright future ahead of him.

"He’s always been a leader in every team he’s played in and also a great team-mate. I know him well and I am sure he’ll get his chance and bring great things to the team."

Rafinha has mainly featured for the Blaugrana reserves this season, making just one full appearance.

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