Rafinha eyes World Cup spot


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Rafinha says he wants to help Bayern Munich win everything next year in his bid to cement a place in Brazil’s 2018 World Cup squad.

The right-back has been with the Bavarians since 2011 but having often played second fiddle to Philipp Lahm, now has the opportunity to try and establish himself following the skipper’s retirement.

Joshua Kimmich has been suggested by boss Carlo Ancelotti as the preferred man to fill the vacant right-back spot but with the youngster still learning the role, his more experienced colleague is likely to get his chances.

Rafinha recently returned to the international scene for the friendlies with Argentina and Australia and with less than a year to go until the World Cup, only has one thing on his mind.

The 31-year-old says it would be a dream to play in Russia and has vowed to give his all in Bayern’s quest for trophies in order to boost his chances of making Tite’s squad.

“I have to work hard at Bayern during this special year in order to have a chance of playing in the World Cup,” he said.

“Of course the World Cup is my target — it’s every player’s dream to play for their country in such a tournament.

It’s my dream too and I’ll give it everything. “We all know that Bayern is able to win everything year in year out.

I’ve had a great time so far playing in an amazingly good side that always gives their all and always eyes success.”

Bayern are 6.00 to win the 2017/18 Champions League, while Brazil are priced at 7.50 to win next year’s World Cup.

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