By Duncan Castles
Newly appointed Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has asked Patrice Evra to extend his Old Trafford career into a tenth season, Goal understands.
The Netherlands coach rates the left-back highly and is keen to retain the Frenchman's leadership qualities in a defence - and squad - with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand heading for the exit.
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Ultimately, the decision to remain at Old Trafford or take on a lucrative contract elsewhere will be Evra's, though.
The 33-year-old triggered a unilateral option to extend a contract worth over £6 million annually into a fourth season with his appearance record under the Dutchman's sacked predecessor, David Moyes.
According to a close friend of the player, Evra has yet to make a final decision on where he will play next season. However his emotional ties to United are such he is leaning towards rejecting the opportunity to return to Serie A with Juventus, and carry on in Premier League football.
Evra also remains a target of Juve's Serie A rivals Inter, who have already secured the services of the Frenchman's now former Manchester United team-mate Vidic.
The former Monaco defender joined Manchester United in 2006 and has enjoyed a highly successful spell in England, winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League title.