Rafinha eyes World Cup place
Bayern Munich defender Rafinha has set his sights on a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s World Cup squad after praise from Pep Guardiola.
The right-back had been linked to a return for Schalke this summer are struggling to gain regular football in the past couple of seasons at Bayern.
However, impressive performances this season have seen his chances of extending his contract at the Allianz Arena increase with only one year left on his current deal, reports Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old has emerged as a key figure in Bayern’s defence this season and has now been given hope that he could have a long-term future at the club.
Guardiola told kicker-Sportmagazin: "Rafinha is a superb player. I am surprised about his performances.
"He has played great in these last matches as well as doing fine in training also."
The defender, who has one cap for the Seleção, is determined to carry on performing well for the remainder of the season to earn a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad at next summer's World Cup.
The player told Bild: "I am doing fine and I am still hoping to play more and regularly.
"Who knows, maybe I can be back in the Brazil fold for the 2014 World Cup.
"Dani Alves of Barcelona is the starter, but no-one knows who will be his back-up next summer. If I keep up with my form and play matches, there could be a chance I can make it."