Which United player does Evra say would be ‘great purchase’ for Juventus


The former Manchester United stalwart mentioned Nani as a player that would be a fantastic signing for the Serie A giants, while also discussing his exit.

Manchester United legend Patrice Evra's recent departure from Old Trafford may have drawn an end to an eight year career that saw him win five Premier League trophies, but he is already mentioning former teammates that may be of value to new club Juventus.

The Frenchman has earmarked Portuguese winger Nani as a player that could bring something to the Old Lady, with Juventus linked with the gifted but often frustrating virtuoso over the last few months.

“He is a great player and it was a privilege for me to play with Nani," said Evra. "If Juve are interested in him, I can only say that Nani would be a great purchase.”

The former Sporting Lisbon star has drifted from the United starting eleven over the last couple of seasons, and only scored one goal in 13 games for the Reds in 2013-14. It is believed that Louis van Gaal would be open to selling the winger.

Evra's £1.5 million move to the Serie A champs will enable him to return to Italy after starting his career there with Marsala in 1998, while giving Luke Shaw a clear run as the first choice left back back at United.

The former Monaco player also revealed that Van Gaal wanted him to stay at Old Trafford, even going so far as to offer the 33-year-old the captain's armband in an attempt to change his mind from the switch to Turin.

“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.”

With there being little the Dutchman could do to stop Evra heading to Italy, despite the defender signing a one-year contract extension over the summer, it may be that he releases another first teamer to Juventus - it'll be interesting to see if that gives the club any leeway in their much publicised interest in the Italian club's midfielder stars.

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