French defender Patrice Evra has signed a one-year contract with Barclays Premier League club Manchester United on Friday.
The left back’s deal was due to expire next month, but a 12-month extension will keep him at Old Trafford into a 10th year. Evra was linked with a return to previous club Monaco during the final months of David Moyes’ reign, and United recently tabled a £27m bid for Southampton’s Luke Shaw.
But the 33-year-old, who was bought in the 2006 January transfer window, has chosen not to follow Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic out of the club. And he will now form part of Louis van Gaal’s first United squad.
A tweet from United’s official Twitter account account read: "We can confirm that Patrice Evra has extended his contract at mufc for another year."
Evra, who was reported to be in talks with Juventus earlier this week, would help Shaw’s transition into the United first team, should the club complete the signing of the England international this summer.
Evra’s contract extension will be welcomed by the vast majority of United fans, who have taken the 33-year-old to their hearts since he joined from Monaco in 2006. Evra is a popular member of the dressing room too and is also renowned for his leadership skills.
The former Nice defender, who has played 379 times for United, also showed glimpses of decent form last season despite the club’s woeful campaign under David Moyes.
He scored a stunning goal to put United ahead at Bayern Munich in the Champions League, although it was not enough to stop his team crashing out of the competition at the Allianz Arena.
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is another player to have been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, but he is keeping his focus on Japan’s World Cup bid rather than his own future.
"I think everyone knows I want to do well at the World Cup, and I’m sure everyone else does, too," he told Kyodo news agency this week at Japan’s training camp. "But I don’t want to get my priorities mixed up here – the important thing is for Japan to win at the World Cup. I’m not using the World Cup as a place to showcase myself for (van Gaal)."
United are reportedly interested in signing German midfielder Toni Kroos, but he has revealed that he expects to stay at Bayern Munich.
"There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue," said Kroos. "At this point in time I am fully focused on preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup."