Patrice Evra, who has been unemployed since attacking a fan before Marseille’s Europa League match, is very close for a return to the Premier League. You can watch the footage of Evra’s attack below, and remember to share this article with your mates on Facebook.
Evra played in England before with Manchester United for eight years, making a total of 379 appearances for the Red Devils and winning 15 titles.
He won the Champions League title with the club back in the 2007/08 season, while won the Premier League on five different occasions.
The Frenchman then joined Juventus for a fee of £1.5 million, where he spent next two and a half seasons of his career.
He played a major role in the Italian club advancing to the final of the Champions League in the 2014/15 season, as well as winning the Serie A title.
Overall, Evra made 82 appearances for Juve, before returning to France with Marseille in the winter of 2017.
He has played 19 games with the club before the incident, which occurred back in November when Marseille were taking on Vitória Guimarães in Portugal for a Europa League group stage fixture.
Evra, who was named as a substitute for the game, lashed out at a fan after a heated confrontation during a pre game warm up.
The 36-year-old was sent off right away by the referee, and UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against him immediately after the game ended.
Marseille also opened their own investigation and suspended the player, announcing there had been “unacceptable behavior” from some fans who subjected Evra and his team-mates to “hateful attacks” but also said: “As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not respond in such an inappropriate way.”
Evra has yet to speak out on what the fan said that made him furious and doing something outrageous that ended up losing his job.
Marseille fans also slammed the defender for his action, and sided with their fellow supporter on the issue.
They held aloft two banners criticizing Evra before the Ligue 1 match against Caen at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, three days after the incident in Portugal.
“This Game Is Over,” read one banner in English, mocking Evra’s regular posts on social media where he films himself talking about football and says “I love this game” as he breaks into laughter.
Two other banners, written in French, declared “You thought you were bigger than the club and the fans.We don’t want you in our colours. Evra get out!,”and “Love for the jersey. Respect for supporters. Professionalism. Is that too much to ask?”
Other fans chanted against Evra during the game against Caen, which Marseille won 5-0.
UEFA then announced the player is to be suspended for seven months from all European club competitions a week later the incident occurred, which was followed by Marseille terminating Evra’s contract.
A club statement said: “By mutual agreement Olympique de Marseille and Patrice Evra decided to end their collaboration. The player’s contract is officially terminated with immediate effect.
“In such a context, the conditions were no longer met for Patrice Evra to accomplish his mission serenely and above all effectively. Both parties agreed and decided to discontinue their collaboration by mutual agreement. This incident also highlighted the unacceptable attitude of a small number of people who uttered insults and verbal threats. Such behaviors, which expose the club to sanctions, have no place in the stands of a football stadium and at Olympique de Marseille in particular, where love for his team and support for his players make the Marseille public the best 12th man in France.”
Evra has yet to play any competitive football since leaving Marseille.
He was linked with a move to Galatasaray and Fenerbache, and sources close to him also claimed that he has no plans to return to England.
“Obviously he’s not feeling great at the moment but his career will not end here, he doesn’t want to leave the game in this way.” said Federico Pastorello, Evra’s agent.
According to Sky Sports however, it appears that the former French international will make a return to the Premier League after all with West Ham United offering him a lifeline.
West Ham’s current manager David Moyes has worked with Evra before during his spell with United back in the 2013/14 season.
It appears that the pair had a good relationship inside the dressing room during their brief stint working together, with Moyes praising the Frenchman during a press conference in 2013.
“I don’t know how Pat is regarded in France but I know in Manchester we think very highly about him,” Moyes said when asked about Evra.
“He is an excellent player, fantastic in the dressing room, and I can only say good things about him.”
It is also understood that Everton have shown interest in the left back as well, but he prefers a move to London instead.
Although Evra is currently still serving a seven month suspension from UEFA, it only applies in the competitions hosted by the European football governing body, thus making him eligible to participate in the Premier League matches.
West Ham have made similar signings on experienced full backs before, such as Alvaro Arbeloa and Pablo Zabaleta.
Arbeloa signed a one year deal with the Hammers in the summer of 2016, following his exit from Real Madrid.
However, the Spaniard only made four appearances across all competitions in the whole season, and retired after being released at the end of the campaign.
Zabeleta, on the other hand, is having a much better time at east London, and has made 27 appearances so far for the club this season after signing from Manchester City.
WATCH: Evra kicking out Marseille fan before the match
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