West Ham confirms signing of Patrice Evra on short-term contract
West Ham signed Evra on Wednesday, as the left-back joined the Hammers on a short-term contract until the end of June 2018. The footballer will wear No. 27 and be reunited with David Moyes, his manager at Manchester United.
In November, Evra's contract at Olympique Marseille was terminated by mutual consent after he aimed a kick at one of Les Olympiens' supporters. The UEFA Control, Ethics, and Disciplinary Body suspended him from all club competitions until June 30 and fined him €10,000.
"I'm really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game!" Evra exclaimed, using his catchphrase. "It's amazing to be back and I am thankful to West Ham for giving me the opportunity to do my job. When I wake up and know I am going to work hard, to have fun with my teammates and give my best on the pitch, I want to say a massive thanks to West Ham, to the chairman, to the manager to all my teammates, who have given me a nice welcome, my agent, and my brother.
"I'm just happy to be here, it's really simple. You don't realise how lucky you are and just to wake up this morning and know I am going to train with my new teammates made me smile!"
Evra talked the move through with both Moyes and David Sullivan, West Ham's joint-chairman.
"It happened really fast," Evra said. "My agent called me and told me I needed to come back (from Dubai) to London as quick as I could and I had a nice meeting with the manager, who I know from Manchester United, of course, and I met the chairman, so it was really easy. When you have to make a deal and money is not the issue, the deal could be done in five minutes. The main thing was for me to join West Ham and to help my teammates to win as many games as we can. It was the fastest thing I have done in my life, because both parties wanted to work together, so it was very easy to make an agreement!"
Evra will also be reunited with Angelo Ogbonna, with whom he took the pitch at Juventus.
Evra was at the heart of the Red Devils' conquest of the Champions League in 2007-08, and helped the club win the Premier League five times between 2006 and 2013.
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