Rafael da Silva has signed a new four-year deal with Manchester United today.

“I am so happy to sign a new contract,” Rafael told the official site. “I love playing for Manchester United, there is a great team spirit here and a real desire to win. My time here has been unbelievable; winning two league titles, a league cup and a Club World Cup has made me hungry for more trophies. I would like to thank Sir Alex for his belief in me and I would also like to thank the fans for their support.”

Rafael’s brother, Fabio, is likely to go off on loan next season, whilst Rafael will be competing with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for a place in the starting XI.

“Rafael is one of the club’s brightest young prospects; he has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself,” said the manager. “The boy has developed immensely since joining United, his energy and enthusiasm are a joy to watch. Rafael has all the attributes to become one of the best full-backs in the world and I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”