Patrice Evra reveals he would have been Man Utd captain if he had stayed
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: 31/07/14 4:40pm
Patrice Evra: Had made choice to switch to Italy
Patrice Evra has revealed he would have been made captain if he had stayed at Manchester United - while he also believes Nani would be a great buy for Juventus.
Patrice Evra has revealed he would have been made captain if he had stayed at Manchester United – while he also believes Nani would be a great buy for Juventus.
The 33-year-old left-back ended an illustrious career at Manchester United early this summer when he switched to the Bianconeri on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £1.5millon.
"If Juve are interested in him, I can only say that Nani would be a great purchase."
The Frenchman made a total of 379 appearances for United, scoring 10 goals, after signing in 2006, but he was given permission to leave following the acquiestion of England international Luke Shaw from Southampton.
However, new United boss Louis van Gaal would have liked to have kept the experienced international at the club – even offering him the captain’s armband, according to Evra.
He said: “Manchester United wanted to keep me and they also wanted to give me the captain's band.
“Van Gaal was disappointed to see me go away, but I had already made a choice.”
Speculation has linked United’s Nani with Juventus and Evra believes the Portugal international would boost the Serie A side.
He added: “He is a great player and it was a privilege for me to play with Nani. If Juve are interested in him, I can only say that Nani would be a great purchase.”