Rafael’s agent Cassiano Pereira has ruled out a Manchester United exit for the Brazilian amid speculated interested from Corinthians.
Lance! yesterday reported that negotiations had begun with Rafael but Pereira has flatly denied having any conversations with Corinthians and reiterated that Rafael is happy at Old Trafford.
“I see it as being quite difficult [signing Rafael],” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.
“He’s a starter, despite having been injured [and] nobody at Corinthians has talked to me.
“Suddenly, there is interest. If there is, it’s great. All third parties and players see Corinthians very positively, but it’s hard, because he is happy at United…. He is not even thinking about returning to Brazil.
The 22-year-old hasn’t yet featured for United this season because of an injury and that may be why this story has surfaced but he won’t be leaving Old Trafford any time soon.
He has earned the right-back starting role through dedication, hard work and progression after spending five years working his way into the position he currently finds himself.
The only thing that currently eludes Rafael is a place in Brazil’s national side. He hasn’t featured for them since making a mistake in the London 2012 Olympics final that saw Brazil beaten by Mexico and Pereira has slammed his exodus based on that moment.
“He dreams of playing in the World Cup, I’ve got no doubt about that,” he continued.
“I don’t understand why he hasn’t been chosen by Scolari.
“Because of one second, a player doesn’t get another chance?
“Rafael is an exemplary player… they placed all the responsibility on him but a game lasts 90 minutes.
“It was an injustice.”
As long as Rafael continues to progress at the levels he did last season, it won’t be long before he is recalled back into the Brazil squad.
At Old Trafford, he is already the #1 choice at right-back and he looks set to make his first competitive appearance of the season tonight against Liverpool.