French left back Patrice Evra has completed his transfer from Manchester United to Serie A champions Juventus.
Patrice Evra’s future at Old Trafford has been under speculation all throughout the summer, especially after the arrival of Luke Shaw and Juventus’ interest in signing him. The Italian club has now officially announced the arrival of Evra on two-year contract.
The transfer fee involved in this move is 1.2 million pounds, paid over two instalments. Initial reports suggested that Evra could be used in a player plus cash deal in Manchester United’s bid to sign Arturo Vidal, but the Vidal transfer rumours seemed to have died down recently, while Evra has already been announced as a Juventus player.
“Juventus Football Club S.p.A announces that the agreement with Manchester United Football Club Limited for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of the player Patrice Latyr Evra has been finalised for a consideration of 1.2 million pounds payable in two instalments: 0.6 million at the international transfer release and 0.6 million within 1 July 2015.
“The purchase value may increase by a further maximum of 0.3 million pounds in case Juventus qualifies to UEFA Champions League 2015/16.
“Juventus and the player have signed a 2-year contract of employment.” – Read a statement published by Juventus.
The French international joined Manchester United in 2006 and has made 379 appearances for the Red Devils. He became a lynchpin in the side under Sir Alex Ferguson and delivered consistent performances for most part of his career.
Evra won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a Champions League during his stint. His performances came under a bit of criticism last season and he was expected leave this summer following the arrival of Luke Shaw at Old Trafford. The Frenchman left an emotional message for his fans at Old Trafford before his departure, and insisted that this club will always remain close to his heart.
“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.
“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 said.