• News

Rafinha hits out against unfair Kovac at Bayern Munich

Getty Images

Brazilian full-back Rafinha has accused manager Niko Kovac of unfairly denying him more playing time at Bayern Munich this season.

The 33-year-old has been at Bayern since 2011 upon completing a €5.75m transfer from Serie A side Genoa in 2011.

Rafinha has formed part of the Bayern squad that has gone on to win six successive Bundesliga crowns and he’s made a total of 256 appearances across all competitions in the process.

Yet the four-time Brazil international has found regular opportunities hard to come by at the Allianz Arena this season under new head coach Kovac.

So far, Rafinha has started just six of Bayern’s 23 Bundesliga games and previously announced that he’s close to joining Brazilian side Flamengo as he enters the final four months of his contract in Germany.

And now the former Schalke 04 star has confessed his frustrations towards Kovac after making just one league appearance in 2019 due to the Croatian’s preference to field the versatile Joshua Kimmich at right-back.

“Lately, the coach hasn’t been fair with me. I perform well in training, but it’s hard for me to motivate myself. I train well, but I don’t play any role,” Rafinha told Bild.

“Maybe [Carlo] Ancelotti, [Jupp] Heynckes and [Pep] Guardiola know nothing about football because I always played under them. The coach knows that I will leave at the end of the season. Maybe that’s the reason.”

Rafinha has also won the Champions League, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, DFB-Pokal (3 times) and the DFL-Supercup (4 times) in his seven years at Munich.

The Brazilian is not the only one expected to leave Bayern either with Arjen Robben having already confirmed plans to leave at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Franck Ribery is also doubtful for next season despite refusing to rule out staying on at Bayern.

The Bavarians will be back in action on Saturday away to third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach in a Bundesliga match.

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – JANUARY 13: Alphonso Davies, Rafinha and James Rodriguez celebrate during the Telekom Cup 2019 Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Merkur Spiel-Arena on January 13, 2019 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)