Manchester United full-back Fabio da Silva has revealed his desire to go on loan to Benfica next season.

Rumours were circulating that Fabio would be a makeweight in a deal to bring Nicolas Gaitan to Old Trafford, along with Federico Macheda, a move worth £20 million.

While United appear no closer to bringing the Argentine to the Premier League, Fabio has revealed a loan move to the Estadio da Luz could be in the offing and would assist in his further development.

"I know Benfica, we watch many of their games in Brazil. In fact, everyone in Brazil follows Benfica's games - it is a good club and would be very good for me, no doubt," he told Maisfutebol.

"I will definitely know my future at the end of the season.

Fabio da Silva
Fabio says a move to Benfica would help him develop.

"For now I know that people are talking, but nothing is certain. I have not talked with anyone from Benfica, I am waiting for everything to be right."

The 21 year old has made 15 appearances for United this season and has firmly installed himself as the club's second option at left-back behind Patrice Evra.

Fabio's twin brother Rafael da Silva is United's first-choice at right-back, with the pair representing the 12-time Premier League champions' bright future.

The defender admits leaving his twin will be tough, but understands he must make sacrifices to further his career.

"I have a Portuguese passport, and speak the same language. The adjustment would be easy. There would be no problems, I think," he added.

"Portugal would be a good solution for me. I follow some of the league and I know Portuguese teams, because they are always good in European competition."

Despite the positives surrounding Benfica's interest, the move would see Fabio separated from his twin brother Rafael for the first time in his career.

"It will be difficult," the youngster admitted.

"We are never going to be separate, but this is football, one day it has to happen. Sooner or later this would happen because in football it is not easy being side by side forever."

By contrast to last term, where the Brazilian played 25 times for United, including in the Champions League final against Barcelona, Fabio's opportunities have been limited, with a mid-season hamstring injury restricting him to just three further appearances.