Former Manchester United player Patrice Evra announced his retirement from football on Monday. The ex-Red Devil has revealed the real reason for his exit from the club seven and a half successful years at The Theatre of Dreams.
Here’s what our former left back had to say:
“Before the end of that season, Ed told me: ‘Patrice, you’re going to stay for another year because we’ve got an option in your contract,’ but I told him I needed to leave because of family reasons. He shook my hand and said he understood,” the 38-year-old said in an interview with Soccer AM.
“Then in May I was having dinner in Dubai on my birthday and had a text from my agent. He told me to go somewhere quiet and sent me a message with the statement from United saying they were pleased to renew my contract for another year. I went mad, I was really disappointed.
“I called Ed and swore on the phone, even threatened him. He said I couldn’t talk to the director of football like that and that he was going to fine me. After that Ryan Giggs called and said I couldn’t leave just because of one man, but it gave me an excuse to leave. I’d already said to my wife we were going to leave, but inside I didn’t ever really feel I could. That gave me a little push.
“Some people won’t understand why Ed did it but I understand. Of the senior players, I was the only one he wanted to keep – even David Moyes had said it before he got sacked. They said to [Rio] Ferdinand and [Nemanja] Vidic, we don’t need you anymore, but in the dressing room, you need a character. I understood Ed, but I didn’t understand why he betrayed me. He should’ve called me to explain.”