Young Manchester United forward Bebe is joining Portuguese side Rio Ave on loan for the rest of the season, the club have confirmed.
The 22-year-old, who famously joined in 2010 for £7.4million without Sir Alex Ferguson ever seeing him player, has not made a first-team appearance this season.
And after returning from Turkish club Besiktas last year, Bebe will now join fifth-place Rio Ave to continue his development in hope of squeezing his way into the Reds’ first team.
“We feel the boy has got to get good experience at a better level than our reserve team,” Sir Alex told MUTV.
“He’s gone to Rio Ave who are fifth in the Portuguese league at the moment – they have a young coach [Nuno] who has a very good reputation.”
Bebe, who was rumoured to have been a star of the Homeless World Cup but actually did not play in the tournament, must currently battle Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Nani, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa for a place in the United squad.
But Sir Alex is keen to continue developing the youngster – allowing him to return to his home country.
“Bebe has done quite well in the last two or three months,” the Scot added. “He got a cruciate knee injury when he was on loan in Turkey last season and that derailed him for a bit.
“Coming back from these injuries takes time but he’s started to develop quite well.
“Hopefully his spell in Portugal, where he is from anyway, could help him.”