Manchester United’s defender Rafael da Silva is set to depart from Old Trafford for French club Olympic Lyon on a four-year contract. The fee for the 25-year-old defender is undisclosed yet.
Rafael, The Brazilian Rightback
Fabio is Rafael’s twin brother. Both joined Manchester United from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2008.
Rafael has featured twice for Brazil. However, he failed to impress Louis Van Gaal, United boss, and managed only 6 starts in his stint at Old Trafford last season. In his entire stint, he made 170 appearances for Manchester United, scoring five goals. He won three Premiership titles, Club World Cup and one League Cup title during his 7 years in Old Trafford.
“I want to thank Manchester United fans for all the love during those eight years,” said Rafael after agreeing to the French club.
“Thank you United Kingdom, I learned a lot in this country, as a player, and no doubt as a human being, lessons that I will keep for the rest of my life. Thank you Sir Alex Ferguson for always believing in my work and for all the doors that you opened up to me. Now it’s a new path, a new challenge, God bless me!” he also revealed.
Rafael was also left out of the United’s squad for the pre-season United States tour.
Rafael underwent a medical in Lyon on Monday and will be unveiled later this week in a press conference.
Fabio, his twin bro, has already left the club for Cardiff City in 2014.