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Twins handed Portugal chance

Brazilian twins handed chance to play for Portuguese national side

Da Silvas: Offered Portugal option

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Manchester United twins Rafael and Fabio have admitted that former United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has tried to get them to play for Portugal.

Queiroz assisted Sir Alex Ferguson for a total of five years during two spells at the club before leaving to take the job of Portugal national team boss in the summer.

The former Real Madrid manager has first hand knowledge of the twins who officially arrived in Manchester last summer.

Having trained with the Brazilians since January Queiroz was quick to notice the duos undoubted talent and spotted an opportunity with the full-backs possessing dual Portuguese passports.

Rafael and Fabio, both 18, have already represented Brazil at Under 15 and Under 17 level and seem to have their hearts set on progressing to the senior squad.

"I still dream of the national team. I am young and still have a lot to prove," Rafael told GloboEsporte.com.

Fabio added, "Queiroz has already worked with us. He likes both me and Rafael and calls us any time. He really wants us to play for Portugal, but I don't know.

"Every (Brazilian) guy wants to play in the yellow shirt and play in a World Cup. I'd rather wait a little bit."

Rafael has surprised everyone at Old Trafford with how quickly he has taken to life in England making 15 appearances in all competitions.

Meanwhile, his brother Fabio has not had the same impact after being sidelined with a shoulder injury shortly after arriving at the club.