Following the signing of Luke Shaw for Manchester United a number of weeks ago it seemed inevitable that Patrice Evra would depart the Red Devils. The club today announced that French full back has signed for Juventus in a £1.2 million two-year deal.
The experienced left back made 379 appearances for the Red Devils after joining in January 2006 from Ligue 1 side Monaco. A move to Turin had been in doubt after the resignation of Antonio Conte.
With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic departing it seems that Louis Van Gaal will look to strengthen in defensive areas with Mats Hummels being strongly linked.
The Italian club confirmed the deal with the following statement.
“Juventus can today announce that Patrice Evra has signed a two-year contract with the club after a fee of £1.2 million, to be paid in two separate installments.
“A further payment of £0.3 million will be made to Manchester United in the event of Juventus qualifying for the 2015/16 Champions League.”
Evra won the Premier League five times during his time at Old Trafford along with three League Cups and a Champions League title in 2008. The French left back thanked the fans in a statement released on Manchester United’s Official website.
“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.”
Evra was a very loyal servant to the Manchester club, but his form had dwindled in recent seasons.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.