Patrice Evra says that he was left angered by Carlos Tevez’ decision to join Manchester City even when he was aware of the animosity between Manchester United and City.
The two Manchester clubs are regarded as fierce rivals, but Tevez was not worried about such issues when he felt that he was not given the proper importance at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson started preferring the combination of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo more and more during the second season at Old Trafford. Moreover, United were also contemplating a lot about being the £25 million demanded byTevez’ agent for the permanent transfer.
City did not think twice about this sum of money. Boasted by funds from the Arab owners and after having failed to secure a marquee signing in the form of Kaka, the club decided to bring in Tevez at all costs. Apart from the mammoth transfer fee, the club also came up with a £250,000 per week contract for the Argentine striker.
The move to the Etihad stadium at the start of the 2009-10 season was witnessed has a historic event since there has been little movement between the two clubs in terms of players transfers. Evra was seen as a key figure in the United team back then, and he has spoken about the disappointment of Tevez’ decision.
“I was not pleased when he joined Manchester City in 2009. I was really annoyed because he was a great player.There are two sides to every story, I understand that and football can be complicated, but I didn’t like it when he was on the banner saying “Welcome to Manchester” after he signed for City and I told him so.We joked a little, we stayed close friends and Mr Ferguson didn’t always like that, especially when he saw us pictured outside a restaurant in a newspaper,” said Evra.