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Patrice Evra has detailed a conversation he had with Cristiano Ronaldo over WhatsApp before his return to Manchester United was announced.
It has been a whirlwind 24 hours for United but it has ended with the remarkable return of Ronaldo 12-years on from his departure to Real Madrid.
Things looked a lot different on Thursday, however, as it appeared that the 36-year-old would be crossing enemy lines to join local rivals Manchester City.
The news did not go down well with supporters — nor many current and former United players who acted to convince Ronaldo to come back to Old Trafford instead.
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The Manchester Evening News revealed that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson reached out to his former player on Friday morning to talk to him about a return to United, while club great Rio Ferdinand has revealed he called him to dissuade him of a move to the blue half of Manchester.
Ronaldo’s compatriot Bruno Fernandes also hinted that he played a role in the move by tweeting ‘agent Bruno’ after it was confirmed.
Former left-back and fan favourite Evra has also revealed that he did his bit to get Ronaldo back home.
The Frenchman posted a photo on his social media channels that shows a message exchange between himself and Ronaldo on WhatsApp.
The conversation begins with Ronaldo saying [sic]: “My brp. All good. Thinks going well. And you?” which Evra replied to with a voice note that we can’t hear.
But it must have been something funny as Ronaldo replied with three laughing emojis before saying: “You the man, I’m gonna play in our club.”
That message was sent at 11:03am, meaning Ronaldo knew that he was going to return to United at least six hours before it was confirmed.
In a post that accompanied the photo, Evra wrote [sic]: “People have to calm down sometimes!!! He say he’s coming home. relaxxx man. Now I can post it. BIGGEST TRANSFER IN FOOTBALL HISTORY.”
United have confirmed they have reached a deal with Juventus, understood to be with €28million, though the move is still subject to an agreement on personal terms, a medical and visa.
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