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West Ham's full back chase hits the rocks

Filed: Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United summer transfer target Rafael has dismissed talk of a move to London by insisting that he wishes to remain in France.

The 28-year-old former Manchester United full back is out of contract with Lyon this summer, a situation that has seen him linked with a move to Stratford in recent months.

However the chances of West Ham landing the experienced Brazilian have taken a turn for the worse after Rafael revealed that his main priority is to remain in France.

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"We are still in discussion with the club," he said. "We will await the final decision. In any case, I want to stay in Lyon.

"We'll see what happens at the end of the season; I still want to play football for five or six years. Nevertheless, the end of my career is approaching and I try to enjoy even more.

"I feel like I have a good relationship with the fans here. That's why I want to stay. It's important for me to know that people like me. I still have more desire to play.

"I love my life in Lyon. I think the fans also want me to stay."

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The Petropolis-born right back - whose full name is Rafael Pereira da Silva - moved to Ligue 1 in 2015 in a cut-price 2.5million deal following a seven-year stint at Manchester United, for whom he hade more than 100 first team appearances.

He began his career at Fluminese but failed to make a single appearance for the club before both he and brother Fabio joined Manchester United as teenagers.

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