Manchester United defender Rafael Da Silva insists that he will not leave the Red Devils for Brazilian club Corinthians at the end of the season.
Speculation has been mounting in Brazil that Corinthians will move to bring the 23-year-old right-back home at the end of the current campaign.
But Da Silva- who is expected to reach and pass 100 senior appearances for United this season- says that he is not thinking about leaving the club where he has played since joining as a teenager from Fluminense in 2008.
His agent initially moved to quash the rumours, suggesting any move back to Brazil at this stage would be “difficult” for Rafael.
And because the rumours have refused to go away, the player himself has now spoken out to reassure United he has no intention of leaving.
"I am not thinking about leaving Manchester United, especially since I did well last season," Rafael 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 endured patchy form and fitness during his stay at Old Trafford, but he finally appears to have cemented his place in the first-team under David Moyes.
And with the English champions more focused on adding strength in depth to their left-back area, Da Silva could be set for a long run patrolling their right flank.