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Patrice Evra hasn't handed in formal transfer request

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Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra hasn't handed in an official transfer request, but has asked to leave Old Trafford. 

This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who have suggested that the Frenchman is closing in on a move to Italian giants Juventus. 

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Contract 

This potential move may come as as surprise to some, with the player having only recently signed a new one-year deal with the club. After he signed the deal with the Red Devils, many had expected him to stay on for one final year at the club, where he has given almost nine years of service. 

However, Evra's future was once again up in the air after United secured a deal to land teenage starlet Luke Shaw. It had, however, looked likely that the Frenchman would mentor the the youngster at the Theatre of Dreams next term, but it now appears that he will move on. 

Experience 

And, if he does complete his move to the Serie A, then he will join former teammate Nemanja Vidic in Italy's elite division for the 2014/15 campaign. Vidic, who left United at the end of last season, joined Inter Milan, and now looks set to go head-to-head with Evra next term. 

Rio Ferdinand - another ex-Manchester United stalwart - also left the club at the end of 2013/14, but it remains to be seen as to where he will be playing his football next season.

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will, then, have to embark upon a new era at the club without some of the side's most experienced stars. The Dutch coach could yet further add to his back-line before the start of next season, however. 

Future 

With the old guard leaving Old Trafford behind, United's young stars will be desperate to prove their credentials under the new regime next season. The likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Co. will be hoping to secure regular first team roles under the new boss. 

It certainly looks set to be a huge season for Manchester United, as they embark upon another new era, and the club will be looking to regain their European status at the first attempt. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think Evra should have stayed for another year? Have your say below! 

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