Barcelona's Rafinha: It would be incredible to play alongside my brother Thiago in the first team

The promising midfielder has stressed that negotiations over a new deal went very smoothly and he is now dreaming of teaming up with his older brother
Barcelona youngster Rafinha is looking forward to playing alongside his older brother Thiago Alcantara in the Catalans' first team.

The 18-year-old Rafinha recently made his first team debut for the Blaugrana in the 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Hospitalet and is hoping for more playing time in the future.

"Playing alongside my brother in the first team would be incredible, something spectacular. That really would be a dream come true," Rafinha said to Catalunya Radio.

"The best players in the world play in the first team and I have to take things one step at a time. You never know whether you might get there. It would certainly be a big dream though."

The midfielder then went on to say that negotiations over a new contract with Barcelona went very smoothly and that he never considered moving abroad.

"Negotiations went very smoothly. I am happy at this club and there's not a single problem. I'm unaware of any interest from other clubs. I'm very happy here."

Rafinha recently signed a new contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2014.

"Starting last Friday and continuing every Friday through to January, Goal.com will publish extracts from Graham Hunter's highly-anticipated book, Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, which kicked off with a fascinating segment on Lionel Messi's rise to the top at Camp Nou. Don't miss it!"