Manchester United right back Rafal da Silva has been making his love of the club very clear this weekend.
A month ago Manchester United right-back Rafael was being linked with an exit from the club, as he reportedly sought a return to his homeland in order to boost his chances of playing for Brazil.
It was believed that he could be on his way from Old Trafford in order to continue playing football for Brazilian giants Corinthians.
In fact, the Brazilian outfit even felt that they had a chance of snapping up the right-back. Their usual right-back Alessandro is retiring and they want to bring in a marquee replacement for the veteran.
They were quoted as being ‘optimistic’ for the potential signing of Rafael - so they obviously felt they could get their man.
But they couldn’t - as his agent confirmed just a few days later:
‘’I see it as being quite difficult. He's a starter; despite having been injured ...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."
And now Rafael has expressed his love for the club to United Uncovered which has been paraphrased onto the official Manchester United website.
Rafael gushes about playing with United, and certainly doesn’t sound like a man on the brink of running home.
He speaks in particular warmth of the emotion he has for Old Trafford:
‘’Old Trafford is a great place to play football and I have a lot of great memories of playing there already, but for me I still remember how it felt to sit in the [directors] box and watch the team win 7-1 against Roma [in April 2007]. That was amazing. I thought, 'this is where I want to be, out there playing in matches like that'. That is a great memory for me. Now it is a fantastic honour to play at this stadium, it's one of the best in the world."
It seems the Theatre of Dreams is just that for this right-back, who clearly has no intention of going anywhere.
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