Rafael da Silva on the Move

Submitted on Fri, 03/24/2023 - 14:13

Brazilian full-back Fabio da Silva, who has left French club Nantes to join Gremio in an early move in the January market, has been reported as having returned to his native country. Romano confirmed the deal on his Twitter feed yesterday. The former Manchester United full-back will return to Brazil on a permanent deal pending a medical. Da Silva left United in the summer of 2014, moving to Cardiff after a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.

The Brazilian played 56 games during his six-season stay at Old Trafford, scoring three times across all competitions. Along with his twin brother, Rafael, the pair became fan-favorites at United due to their high energy and commitment every time they put on the red shirt. Now 32, Da Silva's move back to Brazil may be the last stop on his footballing journey. He can be very proud of all that he has achieved throughout his career so far.

Rafael, who left United for Lyon in 2015 and is now back in his home country playing for Botafogo after leaving Europe in 2021, faces competition for the right-back berth at United. Luke Shaw has consistently faced questions on the opposite flank since Rafael left United. Erik ten Hag's side is back in action against Bournemouth as they continue their pursuit for a place in the top four.

Meanwhile, Rafael is now backing in his home country, playing regularly after leaving Europe in 2015. United has always struggled to find a quality player to replace Rafael since he left. Rafael was a major part of the team winning multiple titles during his time at United. Currently, Erik Ten Hag's side Manchester United is back in action and looking to progress into the top places with their incoming games in the league.

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