FOOTBALL NEWS

06/06/2013 09:36, Report by Adam Marshall

Rafael relishing break

Rafael is relishing the opportunity to revel in the glory of a third Barclays Premier League title whilst at home in Brazil.

The Reds' right-back is having a break over the summer in his homeland after a successful campaign on a personal and collective level. Although his red card against Chelsea will rule him out of the first game of next season, the 22-year-old has certainly earned the chance to enjoy himself in the South American sunshine.

When asked by Inside United where he stores his medals, he replied: "To be honest, I give them to my Dad and he has a room in Brazil. It’s nice as he has many things in there – shirts, important jerseys, boots, shinpads, everything. It’s nice.

"I'm going back home this summer. I play beach-volleyball there. I like it and I have [facilities] at my home now as well. I love to play it with my friends. I will stay there for all the summer so it’s nice to be with my friends. It’s very enjoyable.

"You know what I miss most? When I go back, I always like Fridays when I have an old friend around and we play football and have a barbeque after that. I miss that, you know, because it’s good. We have music too. We bring some guys to play songs like samba – I enjoy that a lot. It relaxes me back there. Sometimes you have to do these things. It’s a hard season so, when I go on holiday, I want to relax with my friends and family."

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