Patrice Evra has said he was close to making a return to Manchester United in the January window – but his move was blocked.
Patrice Evra had held talks about making a remarkable return to Old Trafford in the winter transfer window, but a deal to bring the 35-year-old back to his former stomping ground was blocked by an individual who Evra says ‘did not like the idea’ of him heading back to the Premier League.
“I was very close to a return to Manchester United,” Evra said to Sky Italia after travelling back to Turin to visit his former Juventus team-mates. “I also spoke with Mourinho but there was a person, whose name I will not say, who probably did not like the idea of my return.
“Even the fans were enthusiastic and would have been delighted, but because I realised that they [the club] would not do anything I then asked my agent to look for other teams.
“Marseille immediately won me over with their project and immediately created a great feeling. We only spent one day to close the deal. They really treated me like a God, making it clear they had a great need for me.”