Manchester United have this afternoon confirmed that defender Patrice Evra has left the club and joined Italian side, Juventus. United had announced earlier in the summer that Evra had signed a further 1 year extension to his contract, but it is believed that the club had mearly activated a clause that allowed them extend his deal which was expiring.
Evra was at United for nine years and during that time, made 379 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals. The deal to take him to Juventus is believed to be worth around £1.5m.
Patrice Evra is one of the few players who truly ‘got it’ at United. He often captained the side and wore his heart on his sleeve. He becomes the fourth defender to leave the club this summer, following Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan), Rio Ferdinand (QPR), and Alexander Büttner (Dynamo Moscow) out of the club.
In an open letter to the fans on the club website, Evra had his to say.
After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.
Joining and playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true and my time here has been so memorable. Through the good times and the bad times we have all stuck together and remained loyal. I have always said you don’t just join Manchester United, you join the family and long may that tradition continue.
This club is steeped in history and I feel privileged to have become a part of that. Over the past nine years I have met and worked with some incredible people, many of whom will remain friends for life. I would like to thank everyone at the club – teammates, coaches and in particular all the staff who made every single day in Carrington or at Old Trafford a special day.
An immense thank you to Sir Alex Ferguson for making it all possible, for giving me the privilege to be a captain, to be inspired by the legend of Manchester United and to understand that nobody is bigger than the club.
My biggest thanks go to the fans. We have had some fantastic times together, we lifted all of those trophies together and that night in Moscow will live with us all forever. Every single time I stepped out in that shirt I knew I was playing for the badge and for a very special club.
My passion for this club will live on and I know you guys will go on to enjoy more success in the coming seasons.
United have of course already signed Luke Shaw, but after Alexander Büttner also left the club, United are desperately short on numbers at left back.
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