July 2, 2012 / 3:28 PM / 5 years ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Rafael signs new deal while twin Fabio joins QPR

* Rafael agrees new four-year deal with United

* Twin brother Fabio joins QPR on loan (Adds Fabio loan deal)

July 2 (Reuters) - Brazilian full back Rafael has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at Manchester United until 2016 while twin brother Fabio has agreed a season-long loan to Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers.

"Rafael is one of our brightest young prospects. He has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself," manager Alex Ferguson told the club's website (www.manutd.com) on Monday.

"The boy has developed immensely since joining United (in 2008), his energy and enthusiasm are a joy to watch. Rafael has all the attributes to become one of the best full backs in the world and I am delighted he has signed a new contract."

Full back Fabio, who is also a member of United's first-team squad, will link up with his new Rangers team mates on the first day of pre-season training next Monday.

"This is a great opportunity for us to loan a good young player who has decent experience of playing for a top club like Manchester United," said Rangers manager Mark Hughes.

The two brothers turn 22 next Monday. (Writing by Tony Jimenez; editing by Alison Wildey)

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