Patrice Evra

Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille have announced the signing of veteran French defender Patrice Evra from Juventus.

The former Manchester United full-back joined on a free transfer and was handed an 18-month contract.

Italian champions Juventus opted to release the 35-year-old from the last six months of his contract.

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Speaking about Evra’s departure, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had nothing but praise for the French International.

“He had a great two and a half seasons with us.

“He’s a great champion, a great professional and I’m sorry he’s left. But we talked and we came to this decision. I have only positive things to say about Evra.”

“He played for 10 years at Manchester United, he came to Juventus and was a very important player for us.”

Patrice Evra will be returning to the French league after leaving 11 years ago, having played for Monaco from 2002-2006.

A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday night for the official unveiling of Evra alongside Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Marseille midfielder Remy Cabella spoke about his club’s new signing and played down the full-back’s ability to play at the highest level due to his age.

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“I know Evra well from the French team.”

”His age is irrelevant. ‘This weekend we will play Montpellier and they have my friend Hilton who is 39. He still does a hell of a job and is having a great season.’

“Evra is a captain who binds the group together and talks a lot so it would be good for us and the club if he comes. He’s a great player.”

”18 or 39, it’s all about performing on the pitch.”

Patrice Evra has been capped by France 81 times but has only been able to feature for Juventus only three times this season.