Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is set to leave the club at the end of the season, according to reports.
The Serbian centre-back, who has long been a vital component of the current Premier League champions' squad, will not have his contract renewed, meaning he will leave on a free transfer.
According to the Mirror, a statement on 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."
The former Serbian international joined Manchester United in January 2006 from Russian side Spartak Moscow and forged a central defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand that enabled the club to go on to win the Champions League in 2008.
Vidic became club captain in 2010 but it was a serious injury against FC Basle away in the Champions League which saw Vidic out of the team for a long period of time.
He still managed to lead the club to their 20th league title last season but he was making less and less appearances due to injuries.
The 32-year-old will have a number of offers for next season with clubs from Spain and Italy already rumoured to be chasing the defender's signature.
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