Patrice Evra would have done anything for a return to Manchester United, and he even spoke with Jose Mourinho to complete the move, his agent has revealed.
The 35-year-old joined Marseille from Juventus last week, and it eventually brought an end to ongoing speculation surrounding potential transfers to Crystal Palace and Valencia.
The Frenchman was also linked with a move back to Old Trafford, having previously spent eight years there, winning five Premier League titles, a Champions League and a Club World Cup.
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In the past two seasons, Evra had become a key member for the Old Lady club, and even won four major titles with them. But things changed this season, as he was mainly warming the bench, and started just nine games for Juve this term. So it was not surprising that the 35-year-old star was looking to leave the Serie A club.
Evra agreed on an 18-month contract with the Ligue 1 side, and revealed after the move that he “did not hesitate for a second” in joining Marseille. However, his representative, Federico Pastorello, now claims discussions with the United boss were actually held.
Manchester United only made initial surveys about hiring his services, and never showed serious intent.
“There was contact between the player and Jose Mourinho,” Evra’s agent told Telefoot. “If there had been an opportunity to return, he would have done everything to go back to Manchester United.
“The key to part of the transfer to Marseille was the meeting with sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.”
Evra straightaway made his debut for Marseille in Friday’s 5-1 win, but Rudi Garcia’s boys are at the moment sitting sixth in Ligue 1, 16 points behind leaders Nice.
Apart from signing Evra this month, Marseille have almost completed the Dimitri Payet deal for £25 million, after West Ham confirmed the two clubs had finally reached an agreement.