Evra signs new deal with United
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France defender Patrice Evra signed a four-year contract extension with European champions Manchester United on Thursday.

Evra, 27, still had another year to run on his previous deal but Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to reward him for an impressive season and the left-back is now due to stay at Old Trafford until 2012.

"The last two-and-a-half seasons have been the start of a dream for me," Evra said. "It is a pleasure and an honour to be part of this fantastic side and to be coached by Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff.

"Manchester United is more than a club, it is a family I am proud to be a part of and that is why it has always been a first choice for me. I declared when I arrived that I was coming here not just to play but to win and United is the ideal place to realise such a dream.

"It is a privilege to play in front of our fantastic fans and I am sure that the success we have earned in the last two seasons confirms the history of this club and will be the start of something even more special."