Fabio Da Silva Seals New Contract
Following rumours of a possible departure from Manchester for Brazilian left-back Fabio Da Silva, or simply Fabio as he is known, he has hit back at offers from other sides by signing a new contract with the English Premier League champions, in a 3-year-deal worth £2.5 million.
Fabio joined Manchester United alongside twin brother Rafael in 2007, an unknown player who signed for £2.6 million from Fluminense, the current club of stars Wellington Nem, Fred and Thiago Neves, a player David Moyes had been linked with previously at Everton. While his brother Rafael played frequently, with no right back in the squad at the time, Fabio was stuck on the bench with Patrice Evra playing every week. Fabio finally managed to play during the 2009/2010 season, featuring five times.
Fabio has currently played 26 times for Manchester United, scoring one goal, but is expected to feature more often now, although Leighton Baines and Alexander Buttner will definitely be competition. David Moyes has also expressed his interest in Southampton's next big star Luke Shaw. Fabio went out on loan last season, joining relegated side Queens Park Rangers. Fabio became a regular, playing 35 out of 38 league games, scoring twice, assisting twice and named man of the match once. However, with the relegation, Fabio didn't want to continue his career with the London side.
Manchester United confirmed they received offers from both FC Porto and Norwich City, but felt the fee was too low, and that Fabio would be played more at Old Trafford for the upcoming season. As United rejected the offers, Fabio's agent Darren Bailey wanted an improved deal for Fabio. He was previously earning £10k per week with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Fabio went on to tell ESPN News that he had full faith in Moyes, and was excited to be able to play for such a big team again. He felt the loan spell had given him experience, but he now needed to be able to play with better players in order to improve his game further. Fabio also said he was delighted with the signing of David Beckham, a player Fabio looked up to as a child when David first played for Manchester United.
However, after successful contract negotiations, the Brazilian will now be on £17k per week in a deal lasting until 2016.