Patrice Evra has told France’s Telefoot that he won’t sign a new contract with Manchester United this summer due to ‘personal reasons’.
The 32-year-old’s current deal expires in June and there had not been any public indication that a new deal would be agreed, something which Evra has explained is to do with own reasons rather than the club not wanting to offer him one.
When questioned about whether he is bothered about his contract expiring in June 2014, Evra replied: “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.”
Now is the right time for Evra to leave Old Trafford. He was consistently one of our best players for a long time but is now sometimes a liability in his position instead of his old, reliable self. So long as David Moyes keeps him until the summer and isn’t contemplating letting him depart in January, then it is the right thing to do.
A move back to Monaco, where he joined United from in 2006, would seem the logical place for Evra to go if he is to continue his football career and fitness wise, there is no reason why he cannot still play 30+ games a season.
Evra’s admission that he won’t sign a new contract goes some way to explain Moyes’ relentless pursuit of Leighton Baines and he will likely rekindle that chase this summer but at 29, is he the right man to replace Evra in the long term?