Rafinha: I did not quit Brazil for Germany

Rafinha says Germany haven't contacted him to persuade him to play for the country after rejecting call-up from Brazil

Rafinha has denied suggestions he rejected a call-up to the Brazil squad in order to switch his international allegiance to Germany.

The Bayern Munich defender was handed a return to the Brazil squad by coach Dunga for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela but, just days after taking to social media to celebrate his inclusion, made a shock withdrawal from the squad.

The 30-year-old is currently seeking German citizenship but says he has no intentions of seeking Fifa clearance to represent his adopted homeland.

"I am here to clarify something to you, those who agree and disagree with my decision,” he said in a statement.

I asked to be released from Selecao because I don't see myself fighting for a starting spot at right-back, not because I'm switching Brazil for Germany. 

“I'm not in touch, and never have been in touch with anyone from the [German Football Association] DFB.”

Rafinha represented Brazil at both the 2005 Fifa U-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympic Games, but his two appearances for the senior side were restricted to friendly matches. 

The right-back, who last appeared for Brazil in the Brasil Global Tour victory over South Africa in Johannesburg in March 2014, went on to underline his commitment to his country by recalling his fight to represent Brazil at the Oympic Games seven years ago.

“Just remember 2008, when I got into a dispute with Schalke 04, my club at that time, so I could represent Brazil at the Olympics. Dunga was the coach at the time, he called me to join the 23-man squad,” he continued.

“So let's be clear, it's not because I'm requesting my dual citizenship and that I want to play for Germany. I was very, very happy to be called up [by Brazil] again... But when I analysed my situation, I felt the right thing to do was to ask for my release.

“I thank [CBF Technichal coordinator] Gilmar Rinaldi and coach Dunga for understanding this."

Rafinha was expected to be reserve to Fabinho for October’s qualifiers, with Dunga’s first and second choice right backs, Danilo and Dani Alves, both omitted from the squad because of injury.