QPR have sealed the signing of Fabio da Silva on a season-long loan. The Brazilian full-back will spend the entire 2012/13 campaign at Loftus Road, where he will work under former Red, Mark Hughes.
Since signing from Fluminense in 2008, Fabio has made 53 appearances for Manchester United and scored twice. He hasn’t found it easy to break into the team due to injuries and Patrice Evra being the priority at left back.
Fabio’s twin brother Rafael signed a four-year contract this morning keeping him at Old Trafford until 2016. The pair are known for being extremely close, so it will be interesting to see how they cope without each other for the entire year.
Ferguson made it clear in his match day preview notes before the season ended that Fabio needed first team experience, therefore, would be sent out on loan next season. A move to another Premier League club suited best not only because it would be easier to keep an eye on him but the level of football elsewhere might not be up to our standard. Fabio must make most of his opportunities instead of having a waste of a loan spell unlike Federico Macheda, who spent time at Sampdoria and QPR.
“I’m so happy to be here,” Fabio said. “This loan is so important for me in terms of my career. I want to play as many games as possible here. I want to play well and win games as well. It’s a good move for my career and for my confidence. Sir Alex Ferguson said that I’d enjoy it here and told me to play as many games as I can. I know that QPR is a club with great history. I read about the history and that’s why I’m here. I also came here because I’m ambitious. I want to help QPR progress up the Premier League. Hopefully the fans will enjoy watching me in action, because I’ll do my best.”