The way it stands now, Patrice Evra will be one of a handful of Juventus players who will see their current contracts come to an end on the final day of June. This isn't exactly a new-found phenomena seeing as we've known it ever since Evra signed with Juventus two summers ago. In his mid-30s, it's not like long-term contracts are exactly a common occurrence.
No, there isn't a three- or four-year deal being put on the table. But Juventus are, according to Tuttosport on Tuesday morning, ready to discuss a contract extension with the 34-year-old left back. It would keep Evra, signed on a free transfer from Manchester United two summers ago, in Turin for one more season, with the likelihood of it happening favoring the very much possible as things stand right now.
The Tuttosport report also suggests that Juventus are also set to discuss a contract with another one of those whose deal comes to an end in June, Andrea Barzagli. That shouldn't be a surprise to anybody at all knowing how important the 34-year-old defender has been ever since he arrived for the price of peanuts way back in January of 2011.
But back to Evra.
In his season and a half with Juventus, the veteran Frenchman has not only shown he still has some gas left in the tank, but also proven to be an all-important leader — especially this season — on a team that is now much younger compared to when he first arrived. His experience in the Champions League has been vital, his steady performances helped ease the lose of Kwadwo Asamoah last season.
Basically, if there were any doubts about Evra when he signed in the summer of 2014, they don't exist now.
It's obviously a fact that Juventus' full-time left back of the future is Alex Sandro, who has been fantastic in 12 games in all competitions this season. But having Evra around until at least the end of the 2016-17 season seems like something I didn't really want to see happen when he first signed. He's proven a lot of us he's still got value — and that means he is more than welcome to stay around a little while longer.