Rafael da Silva sends message to Manchester United fans on Twitter confirming departure

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Rafael da Silva has thanked Manchester United fans ahead of his imminent transfer to Lyon.

Rafael da Silva has said his goodbyes to Manchester Untied fans ahead of his imminent departure from the club.

Confirming his Old Trafford career is at a close, Rafael took to Twitter to thank fans and club staff for their support.

SkySports reported earlier on Monday that the Brazilian was closing in on a move to French side Lyon.

Rafael, 25, was a Premier League winner with the Red Devils, breaking through under Sir Alex Ferguson, and was outstanding in the Scotsman's final season in charge.

He took a step back under David Moyes, suffering with injuries, and Louis van Gaal did not trust him as a first team regular. As well as preferring Antonio Valencia at right-back, he signed Torino's Matteo Darmian earlier this summer.

His departure comes just 18 months after twin brother Fabio da Silva was sold to Cardiff City, where he still remains. The pair joined United from Fluminense in 2007.

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