David Moyes has revealed he discovered ‘about January time’ that Nemanja Vidic was set to agree a move to Inter Milan once his contract expires with Manchester United at the end of the current season.
It was confirmed this week that Vidic will join Inter on a free transfer, with the contract already signed, after Manchester United had initially announced early last month that the Serbian would not be renewing his deal.
Inter had long been the expected destination for Vidic following months of speculation about his future with Manchester United, although Moyes concedes he feels somewhat uncomfortable with an announcement being made before the season’s end.
Moyes has likened the confirmation to Bayern Munich’s respective acquisitions of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund, although the Manchester United boss admits he had already been aware of the decision Vidic had made.
"I don't think we like it in this country. I don't think it's something that's done here. I can think of [Robert] Lewandowski going to Bayern Munich. I can think of [Mario] Götze, who went last year between two of the biggest clubs in Germany,” Moyes told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
“It's not something we like in this country, it's done more often elsewhere. But it's happened and we'll get on with it. Vida has been a brilliant servant for the club and we'll treat him with all the respect he deserves. I knew about January time that this would probably be his choice."
While expressing his thanks to Vidic for his service to Manchester United, Moyes also indicated that the centre-back would remain as the club’s captain until his departure from Old Trafford was complete.
Vidic will leave the club having made over 450 appearances, many of which were while wearing the armband, while he is the veteran of five Premier League winning teams and three Champions League finals.