Patrice Evra Signs For Juventus
Manchester United left back Patrice Evra has joins Juventus as the English Premier League Club undergoes their transformation under new manager Louis van Gaal.
Evra has signed a 1 year contract with United just 8 weeks ago, but the left back has since been given the permission to leave Old Trafford. The 33 year old’s move to Turin has been put in doubt following the resignation of Juventus manager Antonio Conte, but his replacement Massimiliano Allegri was keen to continue the club’s pursuit of the player.
Patrice Evra who has been in Manchester United for 8 years is on holiday at the moment, but was announced as a Juventus player by the club on Monday. Juventus club statement read, “Juventus announces that the agreement with Manchester United for the definitive acquisition of the right to the player Patrice Evra Latyr for £1.2 million payable in 2 instalments: £600,000 at international transfer release and £600,000 by July 1, 2015. The purchase value may increase by a further maximum of £300,000 should Juventus qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 2015/16. Juventus have signed Evra to a 2 year deal.”
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Patrice Latyr Evra was raised in France and began his football career playing for various clubs such as his hometown club CO Les Ulis and CSF Bretigny. In 1997, he had a stint at professional club Paris Saint Germain. A year later, Evra seized his first footballing opportunity in Italy after signing for Marsala in Sicily. He made his professional debut with the club and joined Monza in the ensuing season. A year later, Evra returned to France and played for Nice. While at Nice, Evra converted from a midfielder to a full back.
In 2002, Evra joined Monaco and contributed to the team that won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2003. He also featured in European competition for the first time in his career and in the 2003-04 season, was the starting left back on the Monaco team that reached the 2004 UEFA Champions League Finals.
Evra moved to English Premier League Club Manchester United in January 2006. While playing for Manchester United, Evra has won the Football League Cup in his debut season at the club. In his second season, he establish himself as first choice left back and has since won 5 Premier League titles, 1 UEFA Champions League Title, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 3 League Cups, 4 Community Shields Titles.
Evra has also been named to the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Team of the Year on three ocassions. in the 2008-09 season, he was named to both the FIFPro World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year.
Evra is a France international, with 61 International Caps to date.
On leaving Manchester United, Evra said, “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.”
Left back position is likely to be replaced by new United signing Luke Shaw.