Rafael: Foreign players not protected enough

The PDRM defender wants more protection given to the foreign players in Malaysia.

A few foreign players, despite having played just a few games for their respective clubs, were released during the April transfer window - including JDT's Baihakki Khaizan, Perak's Kyaw Zayar Win, Sime Darby's Wisdom Agblexo, and Junior Aparecido of Selangor - a situation that Rafael found worrisome.

"I think it's bad for Malaysian football [that foreign players are released so easily]," the Brazilian defender said.

"Clubs should really look at the players and assess them carefully before signing them [because these transfers affect their lives].

"I don't know how, but I think the rules need to be changed to protect us better.

"I feel worried for other foreigners who are still playing in Malaysia because they don't know whether they will stay and be let go the following day."

As for Rafael himself, who suffered a similar treatment when he was released by Perak last year, he survived the cut after helping Dollah Salleh's side to top the Malaysian Premier League table in their quest for Super League promotion.

"I am very confident staying with PDRM because I know I am a good player!" he laughed.

"I would love to play for the team as long as possible because I love the coaching staff, the set-up and I get along well with my team-mates."