Rafael rejects talk of Man Utd exit

Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva has rejected speculation he was lining up a return to Brazil, Sky Sports has reported, insisting he wants to remain with the Premier League champions.

The Brazilian press has reported that Rafael was in line for a switch to Corinthians in an effort to improve his chances of winning a regular place in the national team under Luiz Felipe Scolari, but the 23-year-old has ruled out any prospect of returning to his homeland.

I am not thinking about leaving Manchester United, especially since I did well last season,” Rafael is quoted as telling Brazilian outlet Lancenet. “There is no reason to leave now, I am playing here, I am a starter and I don’t intend to return to Brazil.

Rafael made his first league appearance of the season as United beat Sunderland on Saturday, having missed the opening to the league campaign with a hamstring injury suffered in August’s Community Shield.

Along with his twin brother Fabio, Rafael moved to United in 2008 from Fluminense, making his debut in the 2008-09 season and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, losing out to future United teammate Ashley Young. He made his international debut in May 2012 and was part of the Brazil squad for the 2012 London Olympics, claiming a silver medal.

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