His brother Rafael has gone from strength to strength this season and whilst he misses his brother, thinks Fabio’s absence has helped him grow up.
“It’s not strange but it’s different,” Rafael told MUTV. “We’re close and I was always together with him but it’s been good for us, just to become more mature. I used to ask him all the time if I needed something but now I need more of my own mind so I’ve grown more mature. It’s bad because I miss him but it’s good to learn more.”
Despite being down in London, the twis are often in contact, with Rafael claiming that Fabio is regularly on the phone to give him criticism.
“Of course [we often speak],” he stated. “He is always calling me back to say something is not good [about my game]! It’s always been like this. He is back in training now and maybe, when he plays again, we’ll keep doing this.”
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