Manchester United defender Rafael Da Silva seemed to confirm speculation he’s leaving Old Trafford this month on Twitter earlier today.
The Old Trafford right-back replied to a Manchester United fan who was thanking Rafael for his service at the club.
Earlier today the Brazilian was linked with a move to French club Lyon, with rumours suggesting he could fly to France tomorrow with a medical scheduled for Monday.
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French newspaper L’Equipe carries reports that the 25-year-old Manchester United star remains a target for Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. Rafael is under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2016.
He has reportedly been deemed surplus to requirements by United boss Louis van Gaal. Injury troubles and a loss of form put paid to a promising Old Trafford career for the full-back.
At one stage it looked like he would be the long-term successor to Gary Neville as Manchester United’s number two, but he gradually fell out of favour and now looks set to depart following confirmation of Matteo Darmian’s move from Torino to Manchester.
With Darmian in, Rafael finds himself as the third choice right-back as for long periods last season van Gaal preferred right winger Antonio Valencia in the full-back spot ahead of the Brazilian.
On Twitter, Rafael said today…
Having joined United in 2008 alongside his twin brother Fabio, Rafael went on to make more than 100 Premier League appearances under three managers - Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and van Gaal.
He has two caps for Brazil.
What do you think Manchester United fans - how would you sum up Rafael’s career at Manchester United?