Rafael Da Silva joins Lyon from Manchester United

Rafael Manchester United at Old Trafford on March 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.
Image: Rafael: The Brazilian spent seven years at Manchester United

Rafael Da Silva has signed for French club Lyon from Manchester United on a four-year contract.

The French side announced the signing of the Brazilian full-back following a medical on Monday.

He had one-year left on his contract at Old Trafford but was told he was not part of manager Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans this season following the arrival of Italian Matteo Darmian.

A statement on Lyon's website read: "Olympique Lyonnais informs of an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Brazilian international Rafael Da Silva, who will sign in the coming days a four-year contract with OL, ie until June 30, 2019."

Reports in France suggested the club will pay up to £2.5 million for the three-time Premier League winner.

Rafael, who joined United in 2008 from Fluminense, made just 11 appearances last season.

The defender established himself as a first-team regular under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, but Van Gaal often overlooked him in favour of Antonio Valencia.

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He made 96 Premier League appearances in total for the Red Devils, scoring five goals.

His twin brother Fabio left United in January 2014 to join Cardiff City.

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