Friend of Man Utd hero Evra: He didn't say that

Manchester United hero Patrice Evra is denying disparaging his career with France.

The former Les Bleus captain was quoted this week declaring he regretted playing for France over Senegal.

“If I could go back, I would choose to represent my native country, Senegal, instead of France,” he was quoted saying. “One of the painful lessons I learned with this choice is that when you play well and you win, you are French; when the team loses, you are considered Senegalese.”

However, a close friend told RMC last night the remarks ‘were distorted and not faithful to reality’.

Evra was born in Dakar, Senegal, before his family moved to France.