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Evra eyes coaching badges after retiring

New chapter: Patrice Evra
New chapter: Patrice Evra

By Simon Peach

Former Manchester United and France defender Patrice Evra has retired at the age of 38.

Evra has been without a club since the conclusion last summer of a short-term deal with West Ham.

"My playing career is officially over," Evra said. "I started training for the Uefa B Coaching Licence in 2013, now I want to finish it and then go on to get the Uefa A Licence.

"In a year-and-a-half, if everything goes well, I'll be ready to lead a team."

The left-back was with United from 2006 to 2014, winning one Champions League title, the Premier League five times and the League Cup on three occasions.

The club tweeted yesterday: "Former #MUFC defender @Evra has announced his retirement from football. Thanks for the memories, Patrice!"

That message also appeared on Evra's Twitter account in a post that said: "#ForEvraRed".

He had earlier said in a message on social media: "MERCI AU REVOIR #ilovethisgame #positive4evra #love #god #grateful #blessed #happy #MondayMotivation."

Evra, who made 81 appearances for France, joined United in January 2006 from Monaco.

After his trophy-laden 12-year spell, he joined Juventus and helped them win the Serie A and Coppa Italia double in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.

He moved on in January 2017 to Marseille, his spell with whom ended in November that year after he kicked one of the club's fans before a Europa League match. He joined West Ham two months later.

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