Rafael Agent Plays Down Talk of Brazil Return

Manchester United have been rocked by the news that right back Rafael is considering his Old Trafford future.

The Brazilian, yet to make a league appearance this season due to a hamstring injury, returned to action against Liverpool in the League cup and has been linked with a return to South America with Corinthians believed to be his destination.

According to Brazilian newspaper Lance, the Brazilian giants are keen on the 23 year old and are confident of securing a deal.

Rumours of unrest are the last thing David Moyes needs right now with the former Everton manager under pressure after a slow start to the season. The defender, when fit, is the first choice right-back and despite impressing in the role has yet to reach his full potential.

While Corinthian’s are confident of securing a deal, the players agent, Cassiano Pereira has moved to quash talk of a move, with quotes in the Daily Mirror claiming that a move is very unlikely to happen.

“I see it as being quite difficult [signing Rafael]”

“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.”

One of the reasons talk of a return to Brazil has emerged is due to the fact that Rafael is currently out of the reckoning at International level.
The defender received a lot of criticism in his last appearance in a yellow shirt, the Olympic gold medal match with Mexico when a late mistake allowed the Mexican’s to score the winner and condemn Brazil to silver.

Silva, who has two caps for the full national team, has not featured since however Pereira believes it would silly to overlook the player for any future squads.

“He dreams of playing in the World Cup, I’ve got no doubt about that.

“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.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.