The full back is on the verge of a return to first team action at United with the positives of that countered by the suggestion he could be tempted back to Brazil next summer.
The stories seem to suggest that Rafael should find the move appealing because it offers him a better chance for playing Brazil regularly over the next few years than appearing in the Champions League.
Granted, any player playing in their home country should have a better chance of representing their nation but so many great Brazilian players at the moment aren’t based in Brazil; Dante, Dani Alves, Neymar and David Luiz to name just a few.
The Champions League is also commonly accepted as one of the most difficult club tournaments in the world to not just compete in, but to win.
Take these rumours for what they are, just rumours. It’s unclear where they have started considering the player has shown no desire to leave Old Trafford and he’s the side’s primary right-back, undoubted in that position.
He made 27 starts for United in a title winning team last season and the only reason he hasn’t appeared so far this season is because of injury, nothing to do with motives to force a move away.
United have him tied down to a deal until 2016, which will more than likely be reviewed and extended next summer over the thought of pushing him out through the exit door.
If Rafael decided to leave one of the biggest clubs in the world, with access to the best tournaments and assured of a first team place for a lower quality league and situation, there would be more than a few people scratching their heads at Old Trafford.