Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson anointed him, along with Ryan Giggs, as a future great manager.
Evra played under Ferguson at Manchester United, scooping up a sackful of trophies and learning from the legendary boss at close quarters. And before he left in the summer of 2013, Ferguson tipped the Frenchman as having the qualities to succeed in the dugout.
But when Manchester United turned to an interim manager last year to see out the season following the sacking of David Moyes, it was Giggs who got the call.
The Welshman then hung up his boots in the summer and became assistant to new manager Louis van Gaal, while Evra departed for Juventus to continue his playing career.
Now Evra has revealed that, just like Giggs, he impressed Ferguson enough to convince the legendary boss that he would make a great manager in future.
The defender told Canal +: "There are strange feelings that have come which at first I did not have.
"Before Ferguson left he called me into his office.
"He told me 'Pat, I'll tell you something very important. There are two players who will be great managers from this team. That's Ryan Giggs and you.'"
And Evra revealed that he has started his coaching badges, the process getting under way at Old Trafford.
"I passed some of my coach qualifications in Manchester. I've done all these things quietly.
"I want to pass this coaching qualification and afterwards we'll see."
Evra is continuing his playing career at present however and has so far made 19 appearances in Serie A for Juventus, who sit top of the Italian top flight with a 15-point lead.