Rafael da Silva has revealed that he will be moving from the Old Trafford club. The Brazilian spent 8 great years at the Old Trafford club and will be moving to French club Lyon after signing a 4-year-deal.
The Brazilian was a fan favourite at Old Trafford and was adored by many for the passion he showed while playing for the Red Devils. Rafael and twin brother Fabio signed for Manchester United from Brazilian club Fluminense in 2007.
It was brother Fabio who started off his Old Trafford career better than twin brother Rafael as Fabio even started the 2011 Champions League Final. But it was downhill for Fabio since then as Rafael cemented his right back position while Fabio could not. Fabio was loaned out to Cardiff and then eventually sold while Rafael became an integral part of Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s side.
Rafael had injury prone season under David Moyes and then could not win over new manager Louis van Gaal.
Rafael sent a goodbye message to all Manchester United fans using his Instagram account.
I want to thank Manchester United fans for all the love during those 8 years. Since I signed with the club I lived incredible moments, after all it was 8 years wearing the shirt of one of the biggest clubs of the world. Thank you Manchester United FC. I also want to thank all employees who always treated me with great affection and gave me greater attention. 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! Quero agradecer aos torcedores do Manchester United por todo o carinho durante esses 8 anos. Desde que assinei com o clube vivi momentos incríveis, afinal de contas foram 8 anos vestindo a camisa de um dos maior clubes do mundo. Obrigado Manchester United FC. Também agradeço aos vários funcionários que sempre me trataram com muito carinho e dando a maior atenção do mundo. Obrigado Reino Unido, aprendi muito nesse país, como jogador, e sem dúvidas como ser humano, aprendizado que vou levar para toda vida. Obrigado Sir Alex Ferguson por sempre ter acreditado no meu trabalho e por todas as portas que me abriu. Agora é um novo caminho, um novo desafio, que Deus me abençoe!