Young right back Rafael Da SIlva has signed a new deal with Manchester United that will keep him at old Trafford till 2016. Although there weren’t any great rumours of clubs being interested in him or he wanting out this comes as brilliant news.
United had scheduled an announcement for 1400 GMT today that had fans expecting something big, but it just turned out to be confirmation of the contract extension for the 21 year old that had been revealed a few weeks back.
Rafael has been made out to be our first choice right back since Gary Neville retired. He has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency, which has seen him compete with the likes of John O’Shea, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for that position. He is an immensely gifted player though, and this is reflected in the confidence Sir Alex is showing in him.
Sir Alex’s statement from manutd.com: “Rafael is one of the club’s brightest young prospects; he has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself. The boy has developed immensely since joining United, his energy and enthusiasm are a joy to watch. Rafael has all the attributes to become one of the best full-backs in the world and I am delighted he has signed a new contract.” The manager minced no words in appreciating his young Brazilian prodigy who he signed along with his twin brother in 2008.
Rafael was equally eloquent when asked about the news: “I am so happy to sign a new contract. I love playing for Manchester United, there is a great team spirit here and a real desire to win. My time here has been unbelievable; winning two league titles, a league cup and a Club World Cup has made me hungry for more trophies. I would like to thank Sir Alex for his belief in me and I would also like to thank the fans for their support.”
Even though he will most likely be separated from Fabio (who is rumoured to be going out on a season long loan to a PL club), this is an important step in Rafael’s career. The onus is firmly on him to make that right back position his own and become a Premier League star in the seasons to come.
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