Patrice Evra reveals why he turned down Crystal Palace move

"Juventus Football Club can today confirm the depature of Patrice Evra, the French full-back joining Olympique Marseille after two-and-a-half years of magnificent service in Turin", the club said on its official website.

Barclays Premier League side Crystal Palace had been in talks with the ex-Manchester United player earlier this month and another Ligue 1 side, Lyon are interested in singing the player too.

Patrice Evra admits that Dimitri Payet would be a good signing for Marseille, but insisted that he didn't join the Ligue 1 outfit on the basis of any such promises from the hierarchy.

The 35-year-old had fallen out of favour with the Italian champions this season, making just three Serie A starts for the club and not featuring in the league at all since the beginning of December.

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The possibility of Evra remaining with Juve until the end of the season was also mooted, but it now seems certain that the Frenchman will head back to his homeland with Marseille.

"I know Evra well from the French team", said Marseille midfielder Remy Cabella.

"So I'd say we are fine and won't go back on to the market". "It is a privilege for me to be here", Evra insisted.

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

  • Ismael Montgomery