Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has revealed that he left Old Trafford to get away from the “personal problems” he was experiencing there.
The Daily Express this evening carries quotes from the Juventus left-back which detail why he became one of the first casualties of Louis van Gaal’s reign at Old Trafford, following on from last term’s disappointing campaign under David Moyes.
Evra was one of the most senior heads in the squad which failed drastically last term and, along with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, it was assumed that he had sought an exit from United in order to guarantee himself first-team football for the foreseeable future.
However the France international has conceded that he had begun to encounter problems of a different kind in Manchester, and made it clear that there was only one club in Europe he was looking to join.
"I was having personal problems at Manchester United and the only team that I wanted was Juventus," Evra said.
"It is a club that has history and goals. [Former boss] Antonio Conte called me many times to convince me to join. Now I'm very happy at Juventus.
"Everyone, from doctors to the press officers, give you their best. After a month of hard work I'm happy to be here.
"The preparation has been very hard, maybe the hardest I've done. Everyone should remember that the Evra of United represents the past. I do my best in training and I always try to listen to the coach."
Evra at United
Though the Evra of United may well be in the past now, there’s few who can contest his legacy at the Premier League outfit. Having signed from Monaco for £5.5 million in 2006, the full-back went on to enjoy a long and successful career at Old Trafford, becoming an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominant team.
Nine seasons with the Red Devils saw Evra pick up numerous accolades and trophies, including appearing in the PFA Premier League team of the year three times, winning the Champions League once and the Premier League title five times.
Despite his achievements however Evra had become an ageing talent by the time Sir Alex stepped down, and a number of erratic performances under Moyes led people to speculate whether or not he was beginning a steady decline from his peak years.
With the introduction of Van Gaal came the promise of a new era and Evra’s position was immediately put under direct threat thanks to the rumours - which were later made true - over United’s interest in the budding Luke Shaw. The Frenchman then realised that it was the ideal time to call a halt to his Old Trafford career, and a move to high-flying Juventus has certainly given him the opportunity to continue playing at the highest level.
The Old Lady have won the Serie A four times in a row now and, though they have yet to leave a lasting mark on the Champions League, rank amongst the best sides in the world.