Unknown to outsiders at the time, issues in Barthez’s personal life – his mother had been diagnosed with cancer in France – began to affect his performances, prompting Ferguson to allow the goalkeeper regular trips home to visit his his mother.
“At the end of my third season, Ferguson told me he had signed Tim Howard to take my place and that I would not be playing,” Barthez recalled.
Sources have said the following: "They arrived together at around 3am and were all over each other.
There was nothing subtle about it, no attempt to hide.
He won the Gentleman class title in the national GT2 championship in 2011 and now plans to race in the Le Mans 24 Hour race later this year.