Patrice Evra
Patrice Evra says leaving Manchester United was one of the toughest decisions of his career.Getty

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has revealed Carlos Tevez was one of the reasons behind his decision to join Juventus.

The French international's contract expired at Old Trafford at the end of last season and he signed a new deal to extend his stay with the Premier League giants. However, Evra decided to end his time at United and completed a switch to the Turin club earlier in the summer.

The left-back spent eight years at United and he admitted that it was tough for him to leave the 20-times English champions.

Evra played alongside Tevez under Sir Alex Ferguson before the Argentine decided to join United's local rivals Manchester City in 2009. The strikers then left the Citizens last summer and joined the Italian champions. He has now re-united with his former United teammate at Juventus.

"(Tevez) is one of the reasons I chose Juventus. I talked to him on the phone and asked for a few tips, and he told me: "Come here, you will see it is a great club!" To see Tevez again, to play with him again, is really enjoyable," Evra said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"(Leaving United) was one of the toughest decisions of my career. It was easy to come to Juventus, because it is a great club, but it was difficult to leave United. When you play for United, you cannot get rid of the love you feel for the club."

Meanwhile, Evra has revealed that Ferguson had issued a warning to United players not to be complacent after winning the Champions League in 2008. The Red Devils defeated their league rivals Chelsea in the finals in Moscow.

Evra claims United's legendary manager instilled the winning mentality at the club to achieve continuous success.

"I thought to myself, "We've just won the Champions League, he congratulates us for two seconds." Manchester United is a club with a winning culture," the left-back said.

"When you win a game it's not fantastic, when you win the league it's not fantastic, when you win the Champions League it's not fantastic, it's normal."

"That's the culture Sir Alex Ferguson imposed on Manchester United. For him, we were there to work and to win. That was the DNA of Manchester United," Evra concluded.