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Giuseppe Marotta: Patrice Evra thinking about his future

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Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has been been linked with a sensational return to his former club in the January transfer window.

Last week, Calciomercato reported that Evra had held talks with United as the Frenchman is looking for a move in order to play some first team football. The 35-year-old defender has just six months left on his current deal and has dropped down the pecking order at the club.

Evra has informed his friends that he will leave Juventus if he gets an offer from United. The left-back spent eight largely successful years as a player for Manchester United, as he won five Premier League titles and the Champions League once with the Red Devils.

Rio Ferdinand further fuelled speculation when he wrote on Instagram: “Patrice Evra, I’m hearing through social media you are coming home.”

Evra was left out of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad in their 3-0 win over Bologna on Sunday. Giuseppe Marotta, the director general of Juventus, has confirmed that Evra was not considered for selection because the defender is currently weighing up his move.

The Juve chief said, as quoted by Skysports: 

Evra was not called up to the squad because he’s thinking about his future

It’s only right he’s taking a moment to reflect, as his contract will expire in June, he is 35 going towards 36. We’ll see next week.

I don’t think we need to find a replacement, as we have internal options like Kwadwo Asamoah and Federico Mattiello.

Evra could be a good short term solution for United. With Luke Shaw going in and out of the squad with recurrent injuries, and Matteo Darmian having not quite fully impressed, José Mourinho may look to sign the experienced defender for backup options.