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Evra's Departure Would Be A Disaster

Patrice Evra still hasn't signed a new contract at United.

The impressive Frenchman's contract expires in 2009 and is yet to agree to a renewal. His desire to stay is still there, he says, but the prospect of leaving is not an impossibility.

'We have already had one meeting about my contract,' Evra told the News of the World. 'The directors know my position. I give my all for this club.

'I love the club and its winning mentality. But that does not mean everything. I may leave next year or in two years.'


In short, we have another Wes Brown situation on our hands. If he does not sign a new contract, we will have to sell him this summer to get some money for him and not lose him on a free - unlike in the case of Brown who looks set to leave on a Bosman.

But while Brown is replaceable, Evra is not. I'd struggle to name a better left-back in world football right now. His consistency is impressive, he contributes to the attack as well as being solid defensively.

He improved beyond expectations since his arrival and is one of our most important players. If he does indeed love the club then we should tie him down to a long-term deal. Lose him and we can start rebuilding the formidable defense that looked intimidatingly unbreachable all season.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 30 2008

Time: 9:11PM

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Losing him would be a blow but he's not irreplaceable in the same sense of the word as Ronaldo is. You've signed two Brazilian brothers, one a RB and one a LB who are supposed to be the next big thing. They're young still but if they're as good as the rumours suggest, you might not need be too worried.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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30/03/2008 23:17:00

One of the best left backs in the world at the moment.Offers us so much both defensively and offensively.I'm always worried about the next "Big thing".More often than not they never reach their full potential.
java
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31/03/2008 14:08:00

I suppose that is true. But at the same time, you don't want to be held hostage by a player over a contract.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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31/03/2008 15:58:00

Dead right Zola.It's happening with Brown at the moment,although I think we can replace Brown alot easier.Good luck in Turkey by the way.
java
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31/03/2008 16:03:00

He's just trying to get an improved offer i think, especially with the Wes Brown situation. He should be begging to stay.
welshboy78
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31/03/2008 22:30:00

Wouldn't have been a disaster if Gabby H had stayed!
Matt_Us
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01/04/2008 21:24:00

 

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