Fabio to leave United on loan
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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United defender Fabio will spend next season on loan, probably in Portugal.

Benfica have been mentioned as one potential destination for the 21-year-old twin brother of Rafael, although Ferguson has confirmed he has received a number of inquiries.

"Yes, we will put him out on loan, possibly to Portugal next season," said the United boss. "It's the best thing for him because the boy is going to be a very good player. He is not as strong as his brother but there are now signs that he is becoming a bit better."

A year out at a good level playing every week will make him a real top player for us.
Ferguson on Fabio

 

Fabio did start last season's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley and was also in the line-up for this term's English Premier League opener at West Brom.

However, his appearances have become increasingly limited and Fabio's only Premier League appearance since November came as a second-half substitute in the five-goal hammering of Wolves last month.

"It would have been difficult for anyone as second choice because Patrice Evra has been such a consistent performer over the last five years," said Ferguson. "His brother has proved by getting consistent games his form has improved each time.

"A year out at a good level playing every week will make him a real top player for us."