Reports in Brazil had suggested Corinthians were lining up a move for the 23-year-old, possibly as early as January, whilst the club were said to be ‘optimistic’ of signing him next summer.
But agent Cassiano Pereira has poured cold water on the story, claiming his client is unlikely to leave Old Trafford any time soon.
“I see it as being quite difficult [signing Rafael].
“He’s a starter, despite having been injured [and] 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.”
Rafael has established himself as first choice right back in the last couple of seasons at Old Trafford, although he is yet to start a Premier League game under David Moyes.
The Brazilian has been injured since the start of the season, and some reports had suggested he was concerned about losing his place to the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
He played the full 90 minutes of Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup last night, and hopes to feature regularly this season in order to force his way into Brazil’s World Cup squad, despite the fact he has only won a couple of caps.