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Rafinha Signs 3-Year Extension for FC Bayern München

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The 28-year-old gets rewarded for his indispensable contributions to the FC Bayern campaign thus far

Adam Pretty

Just because the team is in Morocco does not mean Karl-Heinz Rummenigge can not do business on the side.

Rafinha has extended his contract through June 2017, adding three more years to his current deal. He follows Jerome Boateng and David Alaba in the defenders-with-extensions club.

The 28-year-old is thriving in his third season with the German champions, appearing in more matches (25) in four months than he did all of last season (17). He has as many goal assists, three, this season than he did in his first two seasons with FC Bayern.

"It is very important to me, my career and my family that I can work for a top club in the world. I am very proud," Rafinha said to FCB.tv [kicker].

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been working on extensions for Rafinha and Arjen Robben over the past few weeks. Rafinha had given the impression to the FC Bayern CEO that he wanted to stay.

Rafinha's increased tenure means that Daniel van Buyten, Toni Kroos, Claudio Pizarro, Robben, Lukas Raeder, Patrick Weihrauch and Mitchell Weiser are the only players on professional contracts not extended beyond the next year and a half.

With Vladimir Rankovic still a few years away as the fullback-in-waiting, Rafinha's new contract is a pleasant reward for his efforts towards a fantastic opening campaign for the Rekordmeister.