VIDEO: Ex-United icon arrives back where it all started - 'I'm a very happy man'


Former Manchester United stalwart Patrice Evra has touched down in Italy to link up with his new team-mates at Juventus.

After months of rumours suggesting that left-back Patrice Evra would join Juventus this summer, the Frenchman’s move to Turin was confirmed early last week.

Despite Manchester United picking up the option to extend his expiring contract by one year, the Red Devils agreed to sell the iconic servant of the club to the Old Lady in a deal worth up to £1.5 million.

Making the switch to Italian football is a return of sorts for the 33-year-old, who signed his first professional contract with Serie C1 side Marsala in 1998 at the age of 17.

Evra would transfer to Serie B outfit Monza one year later, afterwards plying his trade for Nice and AS Monaco back in France ahead of signing with United in 2006.

On Wednesday evening the left-back was captured by cameras arriving at Turin’s Caselle Airport to begin his maiden adventure in Serie A.

Quizzed on his sentiments at having touched down in the peninsula, he said: “I’m a very happy man. I’m quite happy to be in Italy and at Juventus. I’m very happy.”

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri commented on his new charge after his side’s scoreless draw with Cesena at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.

“The arrival of Evra? He is a great player,” Allegri told reporters. “He has extensive international experience and that will be very important.”

According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, the Frenchman is set to wear the number 33 shirt for his new employers, with the number 3 he wore for United already owned by Giorgio Chiellini at Vinovo.

Evra is set to have his Juventus medical on Thursday, after which he will be presented to the media and take part in training for the first time in Bianconero.

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