Rafael da Silva’s agent has said Louis van Gaal isn’t interested in playing the Brazilian and has pointed out AS Roma and Fiorentina as possible destinations for him.
The 25-year-old has been at the club since 2008 and was the first choice right back for much of that time. His direct replacement, however, was purchased on Saturday in Matteo Darmian and it is evident that he does not feature in Van Gaal’s plans heading into the new season.
Speaking about Rafael’s future, Cassiano Pereira, told Tuttomercatoweb: “His contract expires in June 2016 and the coach, Van Gaal, said he isn’t counting on him, so the player wants to leave and we are talking with more than one club about this.
“Roma would be a more than welcome destination.
“We would be more than happy to talk to the capital club. Italy would be a great opportunity, particularly as he has a Portuguese passport.”
Pereira was also asked if his client would consider a move to Fiorentina, to which he responded: “Definitely. As I said before, we are in contact with several clubs, but I can’t reveal them. If Fiorentina call us, we’ll be very happy to talk. The player is very interested in playing in Italy.”
Rafael was given every chance at United but it seems as though the lively right-back has run out of chances. His injury history mixed with his erratic and sometimes frustrating performances were never going to sit well with such an organised coach as Van Gaal.
While Rafael is still young and has all the tools to be an excellent marauding right-back, it seems as though he will have to further his career away from Old Trafford and the Premier League.