Rafinha wants to leave Bayern Munich in January, claims agent

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Rafinha

Bengaluru, December 1: Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha is keen on a move in the January transfer window in order to return to his hometown in Brazil, according to his agent.

The Brazilian's contract expires next summer, however, it doesn't look like he'll be seeing that out.

According to Rafinha's agent Lincoln, the player wants to return to Brazil in January but the defender will have to negotiate his way out of the last few months of his contract, while Bayern have also offered him a two year extension.

Lincoln suggested that he is helpless to arrange a return to a Brazilian club till now as his client is still under contract with Bayern and has not got the release as of yet. But claimed that both the parties can come to an agreement in January for the release of the player.

He said: "There is no reason to push ahead with the negotiations here in Brazil because we do not yet have the release of Bayern Munich, we will talk about it in the first or second week of December.

"So, before that, there is no way to solve anything.

"There is Rafinha's intention, Rafinha's desire, and that counts a lot, because he has always been an exemplary professional, has a great affection for everyone there.

"But we also have to understand the side of Bayern Munich because we do not it's easy to release Rafinha, especially if they do not have a spare part."

Rafinha started his professional career with Brazilian side Coritiba in 2002 and later came to Europe to represent top clubs like Schalke, Genoa, and Bayern, of course.

The Brazilian right-back joined Bayern Munich in 2011 from Italian club Genoa and has spent most of his time as a deputy to Lahm and now behind youngster Kimmich.

The fullback has made more than 200 appearances for the club and has won five Bundesliga titles as well as one Champions League crown with them.

Story first published: Friday, December 1, 2017, 13:24 [IST]
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