Corinthians have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Manchester United defender Rafael, after the Brazilian revealed he has no intention of leaving the Premier League champions, reports

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to his homeland at the end of the season, with a view to improving his chances of a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's national squad.

However, the former Fluminense star has rubbished speculation suggesting he wants to leave Old Trafford, and reiterated his commitment to David Moyes's side.

"I am not thinking about leaving Manchester United, especially since I did well last season," the right-back told Lancenet.

"There is no reason to leave now, I am playing here, I am a starter and I don't intend to return to Brazil."

Rafael has made over 130 senior appearances since he - and his twin brother Fabio - signed for Manchester United in 2008, and has gone on to establish himself as a first-team regular in the past two seasons.

An injury suffered in the Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic at Wembley in August has disrupted his start to the 2013/14 campaign, but the South American made his return in the weekend win against Sunderland.

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