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Brazilian international defender leaves Middlesbrough in €2m move

Fabio da Silva has left Middlesbrough
Fabio da Silva has left Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough defender Fabio da Silva has completed his move to French side Nantes.

The twice-capped Brazilian international joined Boro from Cardiff City in 2016 - but had fallen out of favour under new manager Tony Pulis.

Formerly of Manchester United, the versatile full-back made 23 appearances for Middlesbrough last season but struggled for regular game time following Pulis' appointment.

That cast doubts over his long-term future at the Riverside Stadium although he was handed a new one-year deal at the end of the season as the club exercised a clause in his contract.

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Now, however, Fabio has completed his move to Ligue 1 for a fee believed to be around €2m.

Speaking after arriving in France, the defender said: "It's great, I'm very happy I'm coming to Nantes, it's a good club.

"I'm really looking forward to training and being ready to help my team-mates. I already know them a bit because I have seen matches on TV.

"I know some players and to be honest, I am very enthusiastic! "

He also took to Twitter to thank Middlesbrough fans, adding: "I want to say a big thank you to everyone @Boro Staff, players, most of all the fans.

"I tried to do my best every day and give my all, I hope you can return to the Premier League very soon.

"Thank you, you will always be in my heart. Up the Boro #UTB."