We talked to Rafa and his father, Mazinho, we told them we would want to have him on any call. Both agreed. We made the call but the club didn’t authorized him to come. It is a problem with the club but we will have more calls and try to negotiate with the club. Now they were not obliged.
Rafinha showed he want to play with the Brazilian team. I wanted to get him a chance and especially because we are already preparing a team for the South American Youth Championship Under-20 in Argentina and World Cup sub 20 in Turkey in 2013. My idea as a coach is have Rafa for the two competitions.—Ney Franco (coach of Brazil U20 team)