Middlesbrough have signed Brazilian defender Fabio da Silva from Cardiff City on a two-year contract. The BBC report a fee in the region of £2 million was paid for the former Manchester United defender.
The left back, whose twin brother Rafael plays for Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais, made 23 appearances for Cardiff in the Championship, the second tier of English football, last season and has won two caps for Brazil.
‘We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Fabio for his contribution during his two and a half years at the club,’ said a statement on the Cardiff City website.
On his official Instagram page Fabio posted a message of excitement about the move.
He said: “I’m very proud and honoured to sign for @theboroofficial. I’m so happy to be back to the @premierleague. I’m looking forward to this new chapter of my career!!”
The 26-year-old joined Manchester United from Fluminense in 2008 but struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford, spending a year on loan at Queens Park Rangers before departing for Cardiff in January 2014.
Middlesbrough are back in the top flight having won promotion from the Championship last season.