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Evra signs one-year extension despite United move for Southampton star Shaw

Published 24/05/2014 | 02:30

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Patrice Evra of Manchester United tries to keep the ball in play during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on January 28, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Patrice Evra is an influential character in the Manchester United dressing room. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Patrice Evra has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.

The Frenchman was considering leaving United after eight years at the club, but he has decided to extend his contract, which was due to expire next week, by another 12 months.

Evra looked set to exit after it emerged that United had tabled a £27m bid for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.

But the defender has opted to remain until the end of Louis van Gaal's first year in charge.

Evra, who was reported to be in talks with Juventus earlier this week, would help Shaw's transition into the United first team, should the club complete the signing of the England international this summer.

United fans have taken the 33-year-old to their hearts since he joined from Monaco in 2006.

Evra is a popular member of the dressing-room, too, and is renowned for his leadership skills.

The former Nice defender showed glimpses of decent form last season, despite a woeful campaign under David Moyes.

Irish Independent

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