Monday, May 21, 2018

Evra hints at United exit; Muller plays down Barca rumours

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has hinted that he may leave Old Trafford at the end of his current contract.

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has hinted that he may leave Old Trafford at the end of his current contract.

Evra, 32, joined United from French side AS Monaco FC, for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.5 million, on an initial three-and-a-half year deal in January 2006.

The France international, whose current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, has recently been linked with a return to France, with former club Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested in the 32-year-old.

When asked if he is uneasy about his expiring contract at Old Trafford, Evra told French football program Téléfoot: “No, not at all.

“It is a personal thing. It is not that Manchester United do not want me to sign a new contract.

“Manchester United would like me to finish my career there, but this is something personal.”

United are targeting Leighton Baines and £25 million-rated Luke Shaw as potential replacements for the aforementioned Evra, according to multiple sources.

In addition, the Reds are rumoured to be keeping tabs on Montpellier HSC ace Remy Cabella, Porto’s Fernando and highly-rated Chesterfield midfielder Tendayi Darikwa.

Darikwa, currently valued at £1.5 million, is also attracting interest from the likes of Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, The Daily Mail understands.

Manchester United will host La Liga outfit Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

David Moyes’ side are backed by the bookmakers at 7/5 to win to nil on Matchday 3 in the UEFA Champions League.

Muller plays down Barca rumours

Germany international forward Thomas Muller has played down speculation linking him with a move to FC Barcelona by insisting Bayern Munich is his ‘home,’ according to Sky Sports.

Muller, 24, was recently spotted in Catalunya, fueling media reports of a potential move to the Camp Nou.

However, the 24-year-old, whose current contract at the Allianz Arena expires in the summer of 2017, has revealed his Barcelona visit did not include transfer talks with the Spanish champions.

“I have been there [Barcelona], but it was nothing to do with transfer negotiations. Barcelona is a beautiful city,” Muller told Sport1 media.

“I am under contract with Bayern until 2017. Those who know me as a person are aware that Bayern Munich is my home.”

Moreover, Muller’s agent Ludwig Kogl added: “We have not been in discussions with Barcelona.

“Thomas has a deal until 2017 and he will definitely see out that contract because he feels great at Bayern.”

Muller, 4/5 to score at anytime against FC Viktoria Plzeň on Wednesday, has bagged nine goals and four assists in 13 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season.


Shawn Etemadi



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