French international Patrice Evra brought to an end his stay at English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United in July to join Italian champions Juventus after spending eight successful years at Old Trafford and he reveals he had personal problems that pushed him out of the team.
Evra had just signed a new one year contract at Manchester United two months before and when the thought of leaving came, Turin was the first destination that crossed his mind and he admits calls from Antonio Conte, then the manager at Juventus persuaded him to make the move.
“I just had my personal problems and that is why I had to leave Manchester and the only team that I wanted to join then was Juventus because they are a club with a great history, important goals and I respect so much.
“Conte had called me many times trying to convince me to cross over and in the end I was persuaded and now I am here and very happy. I saw no big difference between Manchester United and Juventus and now I can continue with my growth as a player here”, he said.
Evra, 33, found his former team mate at Old Trafford, Argentine Carlos Tevez at the Turin based side and the Frenchman admits Tevez has matured well at the team and has offered him great help as he tries to settle in well in Italy.
“The training here has been intense; the hardest I have ever had and Tevez has been of great help as I settle here. He is more mature and a team player”, he added.
Evra won five EPL titles and one UEFA Champions League title in his time at Manchester United where he was also part of the team in 2009 and 2011 as United fell in the finals.