Some people may think I am still young and still a boy but now I feel like I am a man.”
With a satisfying 12 months almost complete, the right-back says he wants to build on the progress he has made and play his part in more team success in the next year.
“My target for 2013 is like every player – we want to win trophies,” adds Rafa. “When you’re at this club that has to be your focus, we all want to win. And personally I want to play as many games as I can and be consistent in my performances.
"When you get into January you know the really important time in the season is not far away and there will be big game after big game. Of course, every game is important but after Christmas they become massive matches. Hopefully we can do well.”
“I feel more experienced and like I am growing as a player and a person. I was only 18 when I first came here, I was just a boy. Some people may think I am still young and still a boy but now I feel like I'm a man.”