Schalke Allow Rafinha Prolonged Brazil Stay

The defender has got the nod to stay in Brazil a couple more days...
Gelsenkirchen outfit Schalke will be without Brazilian defender Rafinha in the upcoming Bundesliga clash against Koeln because the right-back has been allowed a prolonged holiday in his homeland.

"I have given Rafinha permission to stay in Brazil for another week in order to take care of a couple of things. He was really depressed after the 1-0 loss against Freiburg," head coach Felix Magath was quoted as saying on the official Schalke site.

"I decided to send him to his native country. He is going through a difficult period at the moment. His agent promised him all kind of things that did not take place in the end.

"He has now admitted that things did not go as they should have gone. There is no problem between Rafinha and Schalke. We will miss him against Koeln, but he will be reborn when he returns to Germany next week."

Rafinha was continually linked with a move away from Schalke in the summer, with Juventus, Milan and Bayern Munich reportedly all chasing him.

The Schalke fans booed the 24-year-old for the full 90 minutes during the game against Freiburg because they thought he had signed a contract at Bayern Munich, which turned out not to be the case.

Stefan Coerts,