Sir Alex Ferguson: Rafael can become one of the best full-backs in the world

The young Brazilian has signed a new four-year contract with the Red Devils and is now being tipped by his manager to become one of the greats in his position
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has stated his belief that Rafael will become one of the world's best full-backs, after the 21-year-old signed a new four-year deal with the club.

The Brazil international joined the club from Fluminense alongside twin brother Fabio in 2008, but has yet to secure a regular first-team berth.

However, his manager insists that at just 21 years old, Rafael can go on to become one of the best in his position given his development since joining the club.

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Ferguson told the club's official website: "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.

"The boy has developed immensely since joining United, his energy and enthusiasm are a joy to watch.

“Rafael is one of the club’s brightest young prospects; he has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself."

The right-back thanked his manager for his support and spoke of his desire to continue bringing trophies to Old Trafford.

Rafael said: "I love playing for Manchester United, there is a great team spirit here and a real desire to win.

"I would like to thank Sir Alex for his belief in me and I would also like to thank the fans for their support.

"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."