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Rafael says goodbye to Manchester United ahead of Lyon transfer

The Brazilian rightback has bid farewell to Manchester United as his move to France nears completion.

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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Rafael da Silva, sometime rightback and all-time hero, has jumped in early for the last time as a Manchester United player. Neither United nor Lyon have announced that the transfer has already been completed, but Rafael has said his goodbyes to United and to England.

Here he is, in happier times ...

And here is his farewell ...

What? No, no, we're fine. Just something in our eye. It's pretty dusty in here.

"God bless me!" That's done it. We're gone.