Evergreen Evra seals Marseille move

2017-01-26 10:23
Patrice Evra (Supplied)
Patrice Evra (Supplied)

Paris - Veteran French international defender Patrice Evra signed for Marseille on Wednesday on a free transfer from Juventus on an 18-month contract, the Ligue 1 club announced.

The 35-year-old left-back, who had been linked with a return to Manchester United, underwent a medical after being released from the last six months of his contract at Italian champions Juventus.

Evra wil be officially unveiled at a news conference on Thursday night alongside Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Quizzed earlier on Wednesday about Evra, attacking Marseille midfielder Remy Cabella told reporters: "I know Evra well from the French team, he's a captain who binds the group together and talks a lot so it would be good for us and the club if he comes, he's a great player."

Evra left French football in 2006 to move from Monaco to Manchester United, before making the move to Juventus.

He has played 81 times for the French national team and featured in five Champions League finals, winning one with United in 2008.

Evra is also a five-time Premier League winner and had two championship medals with Juventus in Serie A.

"His age is irrelevant," added Cabella. "This weekend we will play Montpellier and they have my friend Hilton who is 39. He still does a hell of a job and is having a great season.

"18 or 39 - it's all about performing on the pitch."

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he had nothing but praise for Evra.

"He had a great two and a half seasons with us," Allegri said after Juve secured an Italian Cup semi-final spot, against Napoli, following a 2-1 win over 10-man AC Milan on Wednesday.

"He's a great champion, a great professional and I'm sorry he's left.

"But we talked and we came to this decision. I have only positive things to say about Evra.

"He played for 10 years at Manchester United, he came to Juventus and was a very important player for us."

Read more on:    juventus  |  marseille  |  ligue 1  |  patrice evra  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.