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Patrice Evra joins Marseille FC on a free transfer from Juventus FC

Patrice Evra joined Ligue 1 team Marseille FC on a free transfer from Serie A champions Juventus FC.

football Updated: Jan 26, 2017 19:04 IST
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Juventus FC defender Patrice Evra joined Ligue 1 side Marseille FC. (AFP)

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

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 FC.

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 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.”

First Published: Jan 26, 2017 19:04 IST