Pereira: Rafael ‘not even thinking’ about Brazil return
Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva is unlikely to join Corinthians, insists agent Cassiano Pereira.
Speculation that reigning Club World Cup champions were readying a bid for the 23 year-old has intensified over recent days.
Pereira, who represents Rafael, has however moved to cool the talk.
"I see it as being quite difficult [signing Rafael]," he was quoted as saying to The Mirror.
"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."
Pereira also commented on Rafael’s continued exclusion from head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s plans with the Brazilian national team.
He has been on the fringes since the 2012 Olympic Games’ final defeat to Mexico.
"He dreams of playing in the World Cup, I've got no doubt about that," Pereira continued. "I don't understand why he hasn't been chosen by Scolari.”
Rafael signed for Manchester United from Fluminense alongside twin brother Fabio in February 2007. He made his first start in a 3-1 League Cup victory against Middlesbrough 19 months later. He is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season.