Report: Van Gaal tells Manchester United to keep Evra

Patrice Evra had looked set to leave Manchester United this summer with Inter, Juventus and Roma all interested, but Louis van Gaal could stop him going.

Patrice Evra is set to become a free agent and had been expected to move to Italy, but there are reports that incoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants to keep him around.

The French defender would have good cause to call time on his United career should the Red Devils complete the likely signature of Luke Shaw from Southampton for around £30m.

Evra, who has just turned 33, has been tipped to join teammate Nemanja Vidic at Inter but is also known to appeal to Juventus and Serie A runners-up Roma have reportedly added their name to the list in the last few days.

However, according to the latest reports from Sky Italia, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who is set to be unveiled as the new United manager, is a big fan of Evra and wants to prevent him leaving before he gets his feet under the table at Old Trafford.

It is reported that Evra would only commit to United should he receive some assurances about his future role at the club, which may mean being told they won't snap up Shaw.

Evra began his professional career in Italy, first playing for Sicilian side Marsala and then moving to Monza before joining French outfit Nice.

However, it was at Monaco that he caught the attention of Manchester United and he has been there since 2006, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

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