Premier League club West Ham have signed free agent and former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, the club have announced.
Evra, 36, became a free agent after he was released by Marseille last year following a scuffle with a fan just before a match.
“West Ham United are pleased to confirm the signing of the vastly-experienced Patrice Evra on a short-term contract,” the London club wrote in the official website.
“Capped 81 times by France, the charismatic Evra has won seven league titles and the UEFA Champions League during an illustrious career with AS Monaco, Manchester United and Juventus.
“Evra, who joins the Hammers on a contract until the end of June 2018 and will wear the No27 shirt, worked with Hammers manager David Moyes during his time at Old Trafford, and is looking forward to linking up with his old boss and returning to the Premier League.”
“I’m really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game!” the left-back said, using the catchphrase he has made famous on his hugely popular Instagram channel.
“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 revealed that he could not wait to sign for West Ham, once he was made aware of the opportunity to be reunited with Moyes, and had talked the move through with both the Scot and Joint-Chairman David Sullivan.
“It happened really fast. 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!”