Manchester United brothers Rafael and Fabio da Silva have revealed they were both considering heading to Arsenal, but decided to stick it out with United because their mother forced them to.
“My mum was adamant,” Fabio said, when asked who influenced them to stay at Manchester United.
“We could not turn our backs to the club that took us on when we were only 11, even though they then refused to allow us to play in the first team when the contract with United was signed.”
Arsenal were reportedly interested in the twins, and made a bid for both, but the Metro reports that if the Da Silvas had done a deal with Arsenal rather than Manchester United, their home club Fluminense would have been cut out of the negotiations.
While both are still coming of age, one brother looks likely to start on Saturday when Manchester United take on Barcelona in the Champions League final, with Fabio favoured for the coveted position.
And with the brothers holding dear a title medal around their necks from this season, it would seem that for the time being at least, they made the right decision to stay with the Red Devils rather than heading to trophyless Arsenal.
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