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Evra tribute to departing Man Utd hero Ferdinand

Manchester United fullback Patrice Evra has paid tribute to departing teammate Rio Ferdinand.

It was confirmed yesterday that Ferdinand would not be offered a new contract.

Evra told manutd.com: "Rio is a great player and has unbelievable composure on the ball. That's really important for a centre-back. Whenever he has the ball he never panics. He's also a very intelligent player; he always knows which position he needs to be in. For me to have played alongside him for so many years has been a privilege.

"We have won a lot of trophies together. He's also a good guy and a good friend. For him to have played for over 10 years at United is a big achievement and in my opinion he is one of the best centre-backs in the world."

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