Personal problems forced Evra’s exit from Manchester United

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra joined Juventus in the summer.

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Patrice Evra has admitted he left Manchester United because of ‘personal problems’ and he is now happy at Juventus.

The 33-year-old defender moved to Turin in the summer after spending eight successful seasons at Manchester United, where he picked up five Premier League winners medals.

He had signed a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford in May but left following the big-money signing of Luke Shaw, with new boss Louis van Gaal also since coming into the club.

In comments reported by JTV, Evra is quoted as saying: "I went away from Manchester because of personal problems and the only team that I wanted was Juventus.

"They are a club which have a history and important goals. (Former Juventus’ coach, Antonio) Conte had called me many times to convince me, now I’m at Juventus and I’m happy.

"Here I can continue with a big club, I saw no differences compared to United. The physical preparation has been very hard, maybe the hardest I’ve ever done."

He also praised former United team-mate Carlos Tevez for helping him settle in Turin.

"Tevez? I see him more mature, more of a team man. I found a lion, he is for me a great help here."