There was never an option to join Real Madrid, claims Barcelona's Rafinha

The Brazil-born starlet has revealed that he did not hear from the capital giants, or any other club, about a possible transfer prior to signing renewed terms to stay put
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha insists he is happy with life at Camp Nou after declaring that he has not been offered an exit route out of the club.

The 18-year-old recently put pen to paper on a new three-year deal to commit his future to the champions amid alleged interest from Real Madrid. However, he denied that he is looking for a move away after being given the chance to continue his development with the Blaugrana.

"We knew that Barca is the best team for me," Rafinha told Ona FM. "I do not know about any offer, but I am very happy here and never had the option of going to another team. Real Madrid? I have not heard anything.

"[Pep] Guardiola is the best coach and we all know what he means for this club," he continued. "From the grassroots level up, it is very important to have someone as technical as him."

Rafinha was also quizzed on where his international allegiance would lie. The attacking midfielder has played at various youth levels for Spain, but is still eligible to switch to his native Brazil.

"I am still young and I have many things to decide," said the youngster.

Rafinha made his debut for the Barcelona first team this season when he came on as a 75th minute substitute in the team's 1-0 win over L'Hospitalet in the Copa del Rey.

Starting last week and continuing every Friday through to January, will publish extracts from Graham Hunter's highly-anticipated book, Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World. Friday's second extract was about how Joan Laporta and Sandro Rosell used David Beckham as a vote-winner in the club elections of 2003, even though a deal was already done between Manchester United and Real Madrid.