Rafael Da Silva bids farewell to Manchester United

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Manchester United's long adored, promising full back, Rafael da Silva, has joined Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais in search of more playing time.

According to the official website of the French club, the Brazilian has agreed to a four-year contract following a medical on Monday with his revelation being just around the corner.

The Brazilian right-back failed to stamp his authority on the full-back position under manager Louis van Gaal last season.


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The continuous selection of Ecuadorian, Antonio Valencia, over the promising Brazilian along with only a year left on his contract meant Da Silva's departure was in some way just a matter of time.

The arrival of Italian, Matteo Darmian, from Torino dealt a further blow to his chances of making his way into the team.

The Brazilian made over a 100 appearances for the Red Devils, finding the back of the net five times. The 25-year-old added to the list of those departing the club on the back of last season which includes Robin van Persie, Nani and Tom Cleverley.

The full-back did take his time to offer his appreciation for the tenure he had whilst at Manchester United. His stay at the English giants spanned for eight years which he deemed as 'incredible'.

He also tweeted "Since I signed with the club I lived incredible moments, after all were 8 years of wearing the shirt of one of the biggest clubs in the world"

He was bought as an initial under-study to United legend Gary Neville but his continued absence from the starting line-up, including the most recent US tour suggested a new challenge was inevitable for fan favourite Rafael.

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