Manchester United defender Patrice Erva says both Inter Milan and Real Madrid tried to buy him last summer.

The 29-year-old signed a new four-year deal with the club in February this year in quell speculation surrounding his long-term future.

But Evra says he was close to a move from Old Trafford after two European giants enquired as to his availability.


"I signed a four-year contract with the club, and whoever wants to sign me has to go to Ferguson's office and deal with him directly," he said.

"Inter was very interested in me a year ago, as well as Real Madrid. With Inter, there was serious contacts, but United did not want to sell me."

The news will come as a boost to United fans, who have grown accustom to Evra rampaging runs down the left hand side, coupled with his hard work ethic at full-back.

The defender made a key contribution for United during Tuesday night's victory over Chelsea as he marshalled the threat of Fernando Torres and then Didier Drogba as the club cruised through to the Champions League semi-final.

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