Brazilian defender Rafinha has made it clear to Bayern that he wants to leave in order to return to his native Brazil.
Bayern offered him a two-year contract extension, but the Brazilian is adamant that he wants to return to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, where he started his senior career with Coritiba in 2002.
Rafinha has spent 16 years playing in Europe with Schalke 04, Serie A side Genoa and Bayern.
Rafinha’s representative in Brazil, Lincoln, revealed in an interview with Portuguese reporter Samuel Venâncio of Radio Itatiaia that negotiations are starting with Bayern in December to see if the club will give him permission to leave:
We are not having negotiations here in Brazil, because we have not yet been released by Bayern. This negotiations with Bayern will take place in December, because it has already been scheduled. So, until then, there’s no way for anyone to decide anything.
Lincoln suggests that the level of professionalism in the negotiations between both parties will remain at its highest:
There are Rafinha’s intentions, Rafinha’s wish, and that counts for a lot, because he has always been an exemplary professional, cares a great deal about everyone there, but you can also understand Bayern Munich’s perspective, because it’s not easy to release Rafinha, especially since they don’t have a replacement.