Vidic confirms move to Inter Milan at end of the season

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 11:11pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 11:11pm


Italian giants Inter Milan on Wednesday confirmed that Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will join the club this summer.

No details of the length of contract agreed with the 32-year-old Serbian defender were revealed.

Vidic’s move will end an eight-year connection with United, with whom he has won five Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy.

He’s one of the world’s best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree and charisma will be an asset to the team
Inter president Erick Thohir

“Vidic is a world-class player. I’m extremely happy to have completed this  deal to bring Nemanja to Milan,” Inter president Erick Thohir told the club’s  official website.

“He’s one of the world’s best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree and charisma will be an asset to the team and help bring through our  younger players.”

The former Spartak Moscow player’s existing deal at Old Trafford was due to expire at the end of this season and he had already announced early in February that he would not be signing a new contract.

“I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the  coming years,” Vidic explained at the time. “I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to  play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this  club for so many years.”

It will be Vidic’s first spell in Italy’s Serie A and the Serbian joins a  Nerazzurri side who are rebuilding following Thohir’s takeover of the club last  November.

Inter were the last Italian side to win the Champions League, under former coach Jose Mourinho, in 2010, but a disastrous ninth-place finish last season  under Andrea Stramaccioni saw them miss out on Europe this season.

Ahead of Sunday’s home game against Torino, Inter sit fifth in the table, 11 points behind the last Champions League qualifying place occupied by  third-placed Napoli and 28 behind leaders Juventus.

Vidic arrived at Old Trafford in 2006 following a £7 million (HK$91 million) move from Spartak Moscow.

He became a key figure in nearly all of United’s subsequent trophy triumphs and last term captained them to an historic 20th English title.

However, he made only 19 league appearances last season after he was laid  low by a severe knee injury, first sustained in 2011, that led to two major operations.

In the view of some pundits, Vidic has never been the same player since and nor has his once dominant central defensive partnership with England’s Rio  Ferdinand, who could also be leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season, been as commanding.

However Thohir, whose first major signing as club owner was Lazio  midfielder Hernanes, during the January transfer window, believes Vidic will  prove to be a good addition to the side.

“He will bring added value to the club and is another piece of the great  Inter side we are building,” said the Indonesian businessman.