It really does seem that Patrice Evra's time at Manchester United is coming to an end. Whilst finding himself amidst a new controversy in France regarding the national team , Patrice Evra has let something slip that could start worrying a few Manchester United fans around the globe.
Yesterday morning, a rather candid interview of Patrice Evra was aired on Téléfoot, one of France's more important football related TV shows. The Manchester United vice-captain, in what starts as a rather platonic conversation about Frank Ribéry, finds himself attacking various members of the French press regarding what they have said about him in the past, including ex-France left back Bixente Lizarazu who now works for L'Equipe, RTL and TF1 (the channel that airs Téléfoot on a Sunday morning).
Whereas now the entire French press is up in arms about what has been said, it is what Patrice Evra briefly mentions at the very end of the interview that interests us the most.
After a 17 minute rant, the France left-back was asked as a final question whether or not he was worried that he still hasn't signed a new contract with Manchester United (his current deal expires in June 2014). Here is the translated transcript of the last 30 seconds of the video:
“Your contract expires in June 2014. Does this bother you?"
"No, not at all. It's personal. It's not Manchester (United) that don't want me to sign a new contract. This whole thing is personal. Manchester United's dream is that I finish my career there, but this is something personal."
"You can't say anything else on the matter?"
Rather interestingly, last Thursday, Le10 Sport wrote a rather lengthy article on the matter and stated Ferguson's departure as the reason behind Patrice Evra's hesitancy at signing a new contract as well as linking him with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.
If it is indeed Patrice Evra that is reluctant to sign a new contract with Manchester United and not the other way round, then the club has a new dilemma on its hands. With the ongoing saga surrounding Manchester United's interest with Leighton Baines, it seems that the Premier League champions have already thought ahead. Having both Leighton Baines and Patrice Evra at the club would probably cause a few problems, but if Evra is indeed seeking an exit from Old Trafford at the end of his contract, a move for Baines could be on the agenda next summer.
Another option is Luke Shaw. The Times, less than 24 hours after Evra's interview (coincidence, we don't think so...), have linked the Manchester-based club with a move for the Southampton youngster as early as January.
Interestingly, this was the first time that Evra has spoken about his contract situation at Old Trafford and the fact that the whole matter is “personal” suggests that a suitcase is already packed at the bottom of the stairs in the Evra residence. With Vidic also out of contract next June, Manchester United could find themselves needing to buy new defenders as well as new midfielders.
Edward Woodward. It's time to go unearth that blank cheque you were handed last summer.
Article from Tom Coast. Tom has spent much of his life in France, speaks several languages and helps Sport Witness get real insight on stories from across French football and beyond.
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