Cardiff fans pay tribute to Fabio on Twitter

Cardiff City's Fabio celebrates scoring their first goal

Former Manchester United full-back Fabio has joined Middlesbrough for £2 million.

Cardiff City's Fabio celebrates scoring their first goalFabio celebrates scoring for Cardiff

Cardiff City lost a fan favourite on Friday as full-back Fabio da Silva joined newly-promoted Middlesbrough in a £2 million deal.

The 26-year-old Brazilian had been with Cardiff City since leaving Old Trafford in January 2014. 

Fabio had missed the Bluebirds' opening-day fixture with Birmingham due to speculation that he would be leaving the Welsh capital.

With the move now confirmed, Fabio has taken to social media to express his personal thanks to supporters. 

I would like to thank every single person on this club and city that welcomed me very well for almost 3 years. I had great moments in this city, happy memories, my second daughter was born here and it is with a lot of respect and admiration that I wrote this goodbye text. Thank you very much for all the people from the staff that were always wonderful and helped me out a lot during these years. And last and most important is my goodbye to our amazing supporters and fans, thank you so much for all the support over the years. I will never forget it! Queria agradecer cada pessoa desse clube e dessa cidade que me recebeu tão bem nesses quase 3 anos, passei momentos importantes da minha vida aqui, o nascimento da minha filha foi um deles, e com grande respeito e admiração que venho me despedir, muito obrigado aos funcionários do clube que me ajudaram durante esse tempo, e obrigado especial ao torcedores que sempre me apoiaram. #bluebirds #cardiffcity @cardiffcityfc

A photo posted by Fabio Da Silva (@ofabio3) on

The popular defender has been met with a flood of positive tributes from Cardiff fans who are clearly sad to see him go.

Middlesbrough fans have also been quick to welcome the wing-back.

Fabio, full name Fabio Pereira da Silva, signed for Manchester United as a teenager and spent six years playing at Old Trafford, making 22 league appearances. 

During his two years at the Cardiff City Stadium, he cemented his position in the first team and made 64 league appearances in total.

Boro fans will be keen to see their new man in action, and will hope that he can put in some of the performances that made him so popular a figure with Cardiff.

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