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Patrice Evra signs for Juventus

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Manchester United have sold full-back Patrice Evra to Italian champions Juventus, reports the club's official site.

The French international, who made 379 appearances for the club throughout his nine seasons, won a number of trophies, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League. Having joined the club from Monaco in January 2006, in the same month former captain Nemanja Vidic arrived at the club, Evra quickly became United's No.1 left-back, and played an integral role for the side throughout his Old Trafford career. 

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Message 

With his move to Juventus now confirmed, the French international sent a message to fans of the club, insisting that his heart will remain at Old Trafford. 

Speaking to United fans, on ManUtd.com, the full-back 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."

Despite having only signed a new one-year deal with United last month, the move hasn't come as a major surprise, as the defender has been linked with a move to the Serie A giants over the last couple of weeks. 

The left-back, who starred in this summer's World Cup in Brazil, will now be hoping to continue his success in Italy, as his career enters its twilight years. 

Defence 

It's certainly all change at United, with experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic having also departed the club this summer. Evra is in fact the fourth Red Devils defender to depart the club after Alex Buttner was also sent packing earlier on in this window. 

Manchester United, who will be led under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal next term, have seemingly already replaced Evra, having signed teenager Luke Shaw from Southampton. the youngster looks set to star at Old Trafford for the long term, and will now be hoping to replicate Evra's success in the red shirt. 

United are yet to bring in replacements for the likes of Ferdinand and Vidic, but the likes of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones still remain at the club. It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the new United boss looks to further improve his defence before the start of the 2014/15 campaign. 

New era 

With a number of outgoings and incomings at Old Trafford, Manchester United fans will certainly be hoping for an improvement under the new regime. The club's seventh placed Premier League finish last term proved a disastrous season for the club, and they will be looking to hit back under Van Gaal. 

With Shaw on board, alongside Spanish ace Ander Herrera, Red Devils fans will be hoping Van Gaal's squad starts to come together before the start of the new Premier League season. United's first league clash under new management will be against Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16. 

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