Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva is keen to stay at Old Trafford this summer but believes he could be amongst those flogged by Louis van Gaal, according to reports.
Information in the Daily Mirror today focuses on the Brazilian’s apparent fear that he will be sold at the end of the season despite wanting to stay, with recent speculation heavily tipping Van Gaal to move for a new right-back.
Dani Alves of Barcelona and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne are two options the Dutchman is thought to be considering and, with Antonio Valencia and Paddy McNair already providing competition for his place, Rafael has every right to be concerned over his prospects for a starting XI berth in the future.
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Having arrived in Manchester from Brazil in 2008 the 24-year-old has been a loyal servant at Old Trafford for the better part of seven years and, having featured for the first-team more than 100 times in the Premier League, wants to continue with the Red Devils. However he could now suffer a similar fate to that of his brother, Fabio, who left the club in January 2014 after being deemed surplus to requirements.
Having struggled with injury this term Rafael has only made nine first-team appearances for United, hardly an impressive return at a time when essentially no player is safe from the axe.
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Given that Van Gaal is sure to want to bolster his ranks in time for Champions League next term - providing, of course, that they qualify - improvements to his squad are sure to be a formality this summer, and so players like Rafael are right to watch anxiously over their shoulders.
Decision to come
That said he’s been a consistent performer for the Old Trafford outfit, and as far as experienced heads go from the Sir Alex Ferguson era he’s one of the last of a dying breed. That might not be enough to save him from Van Gaal’s cull, but it will certainly count in his favour when it comes to finding a new club.
In a similar manner his departure will be sorely felt by United fans, particularly those who have watched him grow from a teenager to an established professional. Of course their blow could be softened by the arrival of either Alves or Clyne, both of whom would bring exciting prospects to the table.
Alves has as much pedigree in Europe as anyone and his current Barcelona contract runs out this summer, whilst Clyne is one of the most exciting full-backs in England and, though close to Rafael in terms of age, has proven himself capable of excelling in the Premier League.
United fans, should Rafael be worried over his future? Does he deserve to get the boot? Lets us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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