Patrice Evra was all smiles after being officially unrelieved as a Juventus player, following his reported £1.5 million move from Manchester United.
Signing a two-year deal with the Serie A champions, the 33-year-old made 379 appearances for United after arriving from Monaco in 2006, winning the Champions League in 2008, five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a Club World Cup during his eight-plus seasons at Old Trafford.
However, despite renewing his contract through the 2014-15 campaign earlier this summer, the £27 million signing of Southampton’s Luke Shaw deemed Evra expendable at the club, with new boss Louis van Gaal giving the French international permission to seek out a move.
Speaking at his unveiling, the left-back stated that Juventus was the ‘perfect’ option for him because of the club’s winning culture, promising to show Serie A his best form.
"I had to leave Manchester United for personal reasons and, three months before the end of the season, I told my agent to listen to offers," he said. "The offer from Juventus was perfect because all they think about is winning and that reflects my culture.
"I always want to win at all costs. I want to show Serie A the player I have been for Manchester United, where I won everything."
Evra signed his first professional contract with Serie C side Marsala, aged 17, before moving to Monza, and then back to France with Ligue 1 outfit Nice in 2000, the 61-times capped international pleased to be back in the land where his career kicked off.
"I have a lot to thank Italy for," he added. "It's the country which opened me the door to professional football.
"I was only a 17-year-old lad when I played for Marsala while I didn't play much at Monza, but that is where I met my agents, who are like brothers to me. I never forget my first emotions in football, in Sicily."