Manchester United’s Mikel Silvestre is facing a major dilemma with regard to his future. The French defender has joined the English club in 1999 and had some wonderful moments with the then and now European Champions. However since the purchases of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic a year and a half ago, first team opportunities have bee extremely limited for the player.
That is not likely to change next season. Rumours of Manchester United looking to bring in a central defender refuse to go away, and the only position that Silvestre can hope for is that of back up for Evra. The situation seems to be pretty simple for the defender: he must look for another club where his talents can be fully appreciated.
But, there is another twist. Having joined the club in 1999, next season would be Silvestre’s tenth at the club. This would give the him a right to have a testimonial match whose profits would go to the player himself.
However, should he decide to leave, Goal.com reveals that Girodins de Bordeaux are willing to take him to their club. Laurent Blanc is manager at the Girodins and he has spent a few years as Sivestre’s team mate while at Manchester United. According to reports, the two of them became friends and this friendship could see Silvestre leave United this summer.
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