Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will retain the armband until he leaves the club at the end of the season, manager David Moyes has confirmed. However, this does not mean Vidic will be guaranteed a place for the remainder of the campaign.
Vidic will depart Old Trafford when his contract expires at the season’s conclusion, with the Serbian centre-back having agreed to join Inter - something that was confirmed by the Milan club earlier this week.
He will, however, not be demoted from club captain following the announcement of the Inter deal, although Moyes concedes he may favour Phil Jones and Chris Smalling over Vidic in Manchester United’s final 11 matches in the Premier League.
"It doesn't change but we've got a few more games to go before the end of the season and I've got some young centre-halves I want to see,” Moyes told reporters.
"I want them to show me what they're capable of and I'll be looking to introduce them in the last month or two."
Vidic will leave Manchester United having played over 450 matches for the club and led them to several major honours during his time as skipper. The 32-year-old is a five-time league winner, while he has also reached three Champions League finals.
Manchester United won one of these, against Chelsea in 2008, while Vidic can also count three League Cup crowns among the numerous honours collected in an illustrious career.