Evra wants to stay at United – but should he get a new contract?

The France international defender has clarified his desire to stay at Old Trafford, but should the Premier League champions extend his current deal?

Patrice Evra, his expiring contract and the defender’s future have been prevalent topics in the British press this week.

Rumblings that the left-back wanted to leave Old Trafford have been doing the rounds, as he is out of contract in the summer.

However, Evra has moved to clarify the situation and has stated that he does not want to leave United.

"The problem with me is I don't read the papers so I don't know what people are saying about me," he said.

"I had a French interview and I said: 'It's personal' meaning 'I don't want to talk about it'.

"Maybe some people [outside] want me to leave the club but that's not the case. I will answer if somebody wants to talk about my contract because I think it ends after this year but then they have to talk with Manchester United and my agent. Me? I love this club so much.

"The only thing I can say is it [the French interview] was a big misunderstanding."

With United obviously in transition after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes and suffering a slow start to the new campaign, a number of older players are now looking like they could be replaced.

The Premier League champions are admirers of Leighton Baines, and with the Scottish manager keen to bring the England left-back to Old Trafford, there certainly is a case to suggest that Evra’s time at the club could be coming to an end.

Evra has been a tremendous stalwart for the side over the years and still is able both going forward and in defence. However, it feels that the problem that United are having at the moment is that those around them are evolving, while they stand still.

It is clear that Moyes needs to be given money to spend to bring in some new faces, and a shot in the arm is needed at the club. Replacing someone like Evra with Baines would be a positive move and an upgrade in ability at the moment.

Evra’s contract should be allowed to run down and he can leave the club with his head held high. However, despite the player’s desire to stay at the club, progression and a fresh approach is needed, which may mean that the Frenchmen could be on his way in the summer.

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