Manchester United's talismanic Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic has said that he will leave the club once his contract runs out at the end of the season.
Vidic has made it clear that he wants to move abroad with Monaco, Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Napoli all keen on the towering centre back's signature. The centre-back moved to Old Trafford from Spartak Moscow in 2006 and has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with the Red Devils.
In a statement to Manchester United's official website, Vidic said: "It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.
"I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies and I will certainly never forget that fantastic night in Moscow, memories that will live with me and the fans forever.
"However, I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season. I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years.
"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. I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family.
"I am now going to focus all my efforts on playing for Manchester United and do the best I can for the team until the end of the season. I hope this stops any further speculation about my future."
Vidic, just like Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry (who were icons for their respective clubs as well) has decided to move abroad in an attempt to avoid playing against his beloved Manchester United.
The 32-year-old has been a Manchester United player for nine years, during which time he has made 447 appearances. Wayne Rooney is favourite to become the next club captain following his departure.
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