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Corinthians alerted as Man Utd's Rafael pines for home

Manchester United fullback Rafael da Silva is pining for a return home to Brazil. The Daily Star says sources in Brazil claim 23-year-old Rafael has been considering his position in the squad and could be ready to return to his native country.

Corinthians are said to be keen on the right-back and see him as a perfect replacement for retiring star Alessandro.

Rafael currently has a healthy amount of competition at Old Trafford for a starting place with the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Johnny Evans able to play in his position.

United also signed Uruguayan right back Guillermo Varela in June.

Rafael currently has a contract with United that lasts until 2016, but any personal feelings on the players part could be play a role in him leaving the Premier League side.

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