Rafael signs United contract extension

Manchester United's young Brazilian defender Rafael has signed a contract extension, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 18-year-old right back, who has made 24 appearances in his debut season, has agreed a deal to keep him at Old Trafford until 2013.

"His enthusiasm and the adventurous way he plays is typical of a Manchester United player and we are delighted that he has signed a new contract," manager Alex Ferguson told the club website.

"It has been an exciting time for me and I want to be part of this for a long time," Rafael said.

Rafael's twin brother Fabio also plays for United, as a left back.

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