Bayern Munich's Rafinha open to Premier League move

Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha is open to a move to the Premier League, he has told FourFourTwo.

The 31-year-old from Brazil has started just nine Bundesliga matches for the club this season, but revealed he's been the subject of offers from Prem clubs.

And while Juventus have been reportedly linked, the former Schalke and Coritiba man says the strongest proposals have come from the UK.

"I don't like to talk about offers -- I have managers for that. But it's true, those offers are real," Rafinha said. "I have a few offers from Premier League clubs.

"I'd rather not say [which clubs] because it's confidential. I'm playing for Bayern Munich, one of the greatest clubs in Europe. I'm very happy here, but I am also happy to know that there are other clubs interested in my work.

"It's not the first time that something like that has happened. Obviously, every player is fascinated by the Champions League. I would like to learn another language. Why not?

"I always follow the Premier League matches. It's very exciting watching a tournament where six or seven teams can fight for the title. It's probably the best league in the world."

Though he admits, despite the proposals from teams, he remains unsure where he'll play his football next season.

"It's a surprise for me [to be heavily linked with a transfer] because I still have one year left in my current contract," he said. "I've played for Bayern for the last six years, and I've been in Germany for 12 years now. I know the Bundesliga so well and, luckily, I had a victorious career in this country.

"But we never know what will happen in our future as a footballer, especially when you are playing for such a big club. I really don't know what will happen this transfer window."

Rafinha, who moved to Germany from Brazil in the summer of 2005, says his experience in the Bundesliga has prepared him for the physicality of English football.

"It's very physical, but that wouldn't be a problem for me. When I first arrived in Germany I was 18 years old and players at Schalke were like 6-foot-4," Rafinha said. "The defenders were even taller than that and I was the skinny one weighing just 60kg.

"I had to learn how to avoid contact otherwise I wouldn't make it. So I always tried to anticipate what was happening in the pitch. Therefore, I wouldn't be scared of this physical game."