Fabio keen to take Sporting chance

Manchester United defender Fabio da Silva has indicated he would jump at the chance to join Sporting Lisbon on loan.

Reports in Portugal claim Sporting are keen on signing the 19-year-old on a temporary basis as they look to bolster their squad in the summer.

Fabio, who completed his switch to United in 2008, has had less chances to shine than his twin brother, Rafael, at Old Trafford, which has restricted him to just one start in the Premier League this season.

The Fluminense product has now said he would not mind being sent on loan to Sporting to gain more first-team experience.

"If I have to be loaned out, I want it to be to Sporting," he told Abola. "Sporting are a big club, with a big tradition.

"Here in England and in Brazil, Sporting are very known and respected. Who would not like to play at Sporting? If it is to have more playing chances then there is no problem.

"The coach would like me to continue in the squad but my agent thinks I will not have many opportunities and so he has advised me to play elsewhere.

"A meeting is scheduled for the end of the season, so we can determine all that."

Source: Team Talk
Date Published: 12 April 2010

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If he's to go out on loan anywhere, I'd prefer it if it was to an English club.

- John

Evra does look tired at the moment and he did towards the end of last season. He very rarely gets rested and im surprised that Fabio hasnt got more game time this season. Id like to see him stay next season and get real game time when we can rest Evra.

- birchy

It would be good experience for him but I'd like to see him given a few more games at left back next season. Evra has been in fantastic form which is probably why Rafael seems to get more opportunities at right back than Fabio does at left back but there's no reason why Evra shouldn't have a few more games where he can have a rest as the potential that Fabio is fantastic if he can get the experience.

- Dave