French international left-back Patrice Evra has extended his contract at Manchester United for another year, according to the Manchester United official website.
The 33-year-old joined the Red Devils from AS Monaco in the summer of 2006, and during his time at the club he has played 379 games, winning the Premier League five times, the League Cup three times and tasting Champions League success in 2008.
His previous contract expired this summer, and after eight excellent years, the left-back was widely tipped to follow fellow defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand out of Old Trafford, with Italy named as a possible destination.
Interested Serie A giants Inter Milan will now have to look elsewhere this summer, and Patrice Evra’s extension could have an effect on United’s attempts to sign Luke Shaw this summer.
The Southampton youngster who has recently been called up to England’s World Cup squad is a reported £27m target for the Red Devils, though his possible arrival at Old Trafford was expected to be as a direct replacement for the out-going Patrice Evra.
Now that the Frenchman is staying, with no European football next season, new boss Louis Van Gaal may not wish to spend a big chunk of his summer transfer budget on Luke Shaw who is no longer guaranteed to be a first-team starter.
Patrice Evra started 33 Premier League games last season, and despite United’s disappointing campaign, the left-back impressed French boss Didier Deschamps enough to book his place at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.