Yesterday we could read that Jonny Evans had started training with Man Utd, and that he was welcomed back to prepare for next season, with no indication of him signing a deal at the club. It was as early as this morning that local newspaper Leicester Mercury reporting that it could be a possible chance of an Evans return.
Jonny Evans must have convinced Erik ten Hag during training that he has the quality needed to be part of a set up at Man Utd, been given a chance to join on a short term deal and being included in their travelling squad for Lyon.
The move comes as a massive surprise, Leicester said to have been keen on keeping him, but still with his Man Utd history, easy to understand his decision to be part of a new journey at a club he has previously served for eleven years and in his past made 131 league appearances for, and also won a number of major trophies with, including Champions League and Premier League, makes this a no brainer deal to sign.
With Leicester relegated and Evans being a free agent, options were clearly considered as other Premier League clubs would surely have approached him, Everton being said to have made contact, Leicester looks to have struggled to convince him to be part of a rebuild.
Last season became a nightmare for Leicester, Jonny Evans missing most of the season with injuries and in the gap was never filled by other players when the team captain was absent.
He contributed well in his time at the club, joining for £3,5million in June 2018, triggering a relegation clause in his contract at West Bromwich. He became pivotal for Brendan Rodgers, also said to have shown an interest of bringing him to Celtic, as the two build a good relationship.
Evans (35) played 121 league games for Leicester, and had a certain role in achieving back to back 5th positions in Premier League (2019/20, 2020/21), as well winning the FA Cup and reaching the semi-finals of the Europa Conference league last season.
We wish Jonny Evans all the best on his journey, and a bit saddened to see him leave as he, injury free, is among the best defenders around. He was earlier in the year awarded an MBE for his services to football, and has reached 102 caps for N Ireland.
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