Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2017.
The former Champions League medalist was due to be out of contract in 2015 and Arsenal were reportedly amongst the various sides keeping tabs on the situation.
The Brazilian capped defender was a low key signing from Genoa in 2011 but has featured 75 times for the club in all competitions, scoring three goals. In fact the player is enjoying one of his most promising spells in a Bayern shirt, featuring 24 times for Bayern Munich this season. In comparison to their treble-winning year last term, where he featured just 17 times all season.
Clearly elated at the new deal with the current Champions League holders, the Brazilian said ''It's very important for me, my career and my family that I can coninue to work for one of the best clubs in the world... I am very proud''
Rafinha does of course become the third Bayern defender to sign a new deal in the last two months, following in the footsteps of Jerome Boateng and David Alaba.
Although there were only whispers about a possible move to Arsenal, it's plain to see that the defender could have been a potentially good signing for Arsenal. Despite not being the most household name in the Munich side, he has always battled hard for his place in the team. He is a consummate professional, hard-working and a good all-round player, even on the world stage.
For Arsene Wenger at least, it's another one off the list.
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