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Evra retires from football

Paris, Jul 29 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/29/2019 11:45:54 AM IST

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has announced his retirement from football.

Evra, 38, has called time on a 20-year career during which he played for Nice, Monaco, United, Juventus, Marseille, West Ham and the France national side.

“To be fair it was an easy decision to make. I feel blessed and really grateful everyday about what I have achieved,” he told Soccer AM. “I am a little bit emotional saying it now but I think it is the right time to do it. I went with my instinct, I just want to stop now. I am 38. I know I still look young but it’s time for the new generation. I am happy.”

The Frenchman says he has begun training for his coaching badges and intends to get a UEFA A license, but will take a year off before getting into a full-time coaching role. “My playing career is officially over,” said Evra. “I started training for the UEFA B Coaching License in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the UEFA A license.”

“Sir Alex Ferguson said two of my players will be great managers and he mentioned me and Ryan Giggs. It was a big compliment. I don’t want to do it straight away so I will work in TV and with my brand. I love to make people happy and laugh but when I am work I know I need to focus.” “I need maybe another year to enjoy life after so many sacrifices before becoming a manager. I know I can do it. I can’t dedicate myself 100 per cent right now,” said Evra.

The left-back spent eight seasons at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles, the Champions League and three League Cups.

Evra also won two Serie A titles at Juventus and the French League Cup at Monaco.

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