Rafael da Silva says he will refuse to celebrate if he finds the net against Manchester United for Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.
The full-back was part of the Turkish side that surprisingly defeated United in the Turkish capital prior to the international break and they now travel for the reverse fixture.
Rafael caught the eye in that memorable win for Basaksehir, their first-ever in the Champions League, and another victory this evening would bolster their chances of a surprise qualification from a very competitive group.
However, should he find the net this evening, Rafael has confirmed he will not celebrate out of respect for the club where he spent seven years.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this ground. I’ll never forget in the last game here, many good stories I lived in this club,” he told Esporte Interativo.
“I appreciate all the messages I got in the first game I got after I left the club and it was wonderful to be here. I won titles and was very happy here in England.
“It’s gonna be a different feeling [playing at Old Trafford as an opponent]. I’m even nervous to say that. I don’t know why it’s such a big thrill to know everything I’ve been through here.
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“Of course, when I go out into the field, I forget a lot. It’s not the same as when we’re here talking but it’s sure to be a special moment in my life, my career.
“You can’t even describe a different feeling like I said. It’s been seven years playing here eight years living in Manchester and with seven months playing.
“I certainly won’t celebrate. I respect this club a lot. I’m not going to talk about my whole career because I also worked hard but took a big step from my success to this club so I respect absolutely. I’m not going to celebrate if I score, no.”