The 25-year-old right-back has completed his medical in Lyon today and will officially be revealed as a Les Gones player this week. The Brazilian international, who has signed a 4-year deal with Lyon, moved to Old Trafford 8 years ago from Fluminense, along with his twin brother Fabio. During his time at Manchester United, Rafael won the Club World Cup, the League Cup and three Premier League titles.
To express his gratitude to Manchester United fans, Rafael tweeted: “I want to thank Manchester United fans for all the love during those 8 years. Since I signed with the club I lived incredible moments, after all were 8 years wearing the shirt of one of the biggest clubs of the world.
“Thank you ManUtd FC. I also want to thank all employees who always treated me with great affection and gave me greater attention.
“Thank you United Kingdom, I learned a lot in this country, as a player, and no doubt as a human being…”