Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has extended his contract with the Red Devils for another year after weeks of intense speculation.
United confirmed the left-back had put pen-to-paper on a new contract via their official Twitter account after the Premier League’s list of players retained included the France international, who has been strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
While the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs - in a playing capacity - had been confirmed on the released list, Evra’s name appeared under the heading ‘Contract Players’ with ‘Extended’ typed up next to it.
The news comes as a timely boost to the Red Devils, who have lost their two most experienced defenders this summer. Vidic has agreed a deal to join Italian giants Inter Milan, while Ferdinand is on the lookout for a new club.
Manchester United are expected to complete the £30m signing of Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, but retaining the services of 33-year-old Evra will allow newly-appointed manager Louis van Gaal to rotate the teenager with the senior Frenchman in his debut season at Old Trafford.
Evra joined Manchester United from AS Monaco for around £5.5m in 2006. He went on to establish his reputation as one of the Premier League’s best left-backs, and one of Europe’s finest, too.
He remains one of the most popular figures in the Red Devils’ dressing room and will have a key role to play at the club next season.