After one glorious season with Manchester United, where he played a vital role in their historic 19th league title and second place finish in the Champions League, the Bebe era at Manchester United is now over. The unforgettable, once homeless Portuguese third division legend that Sir Alex Ferguson bought sight unseen is taking his talents to Turkish side Besiktas. He played in three Carling Cup matches, one FA Cup match, two Premier League matches and one Champions League match. He scored two goals. Though only a loan deal, there have been rumors that it is likely to become permanent at the end of next season.
In a statement released to the Turkish stock market, Besiktas announced that they have paid the Premier League champions a €1m fee to take the 20-year-old on loan for the 2011-12 campaign, although there was no mention of whether an option to make the deal permanent was included.
Bebe joined United last August in a shock €9m move from Vitoria Guimaraes, where he had spent just five weeks, having signed from Estrela da Amadora earlier in the summer. However, the forward made little impact at Old Trafford during his debut season, making just seven first-team appearances and spending much of the season in the reserves.
All good things come to an end, as they say. Perhaps one day Bebe will make a triumphant return to the Premier League and dominate even more than he already has. We will never forget you or the lessons you've taught us, Bebe. Namely, that for every Chicharito, there is a Bebe.
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