Nemanja Vidic has said he has no regrets about leaving Manchester United after finally being unveiled by new club Inter Milan.
The 32-year-old agreed a pre-contract with the Serie A outfit in March, but has only just officially joined following the expiration of his Red Devils contract. Vidic joins on a two-year deal worth a reported £3m-a-year.
Since he signed a pre-contract much has changed within the walls of Old Trafford. David Moyes has been sacked and replaced by Louis van Gaal, who has guided Holland into the last eight of the World Cup.
Having sacked a manager Vidic was believed to have fallen out with and replaced by a potential World Cup winner, Manchester United fans would hope their former captain would feel a bit regretful over his decision to leave the club after eight years.
However, Vidic says he moved to Inter Milan because, in his eyes, they are still the same club that won the Champions League in 2010 and is confident they can find their way back to the top.
Vidic told reporters: "It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it has won the Champions Leagues and many domestic trophies.
"It is a new project of the club and new owner, I like the idea of joining Inter and I am sure I made the right choice.
"I spoke to Dejan Stankovic, he was full of support for the club and people around it. Hopefully, I will keep the Serbian tradition at the club.
"I also spoke to players I know who played in Italy and they said it would be a good move for me.
"I almost came to Italy 12 years ago ... but I don't think it is a step down, I think Italian football is suited to the way I play and I am going to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"A few clubs are in transition and some are not where they want to be, but they are moving forward.
Having spent eight years at Old Trafford and won everything on offer in English football, it is only natural that Vidic wanted to move on. Having said that, something must be said for the fact that he jumped off the Manchester United ship whilst it was sinking fast; last season was the club's worst in Premier League history.
Vidic hinted that he his move to Italy was partly down to the slower style of football in Italy, but says the change will offer a whole new set of challenges. A big factor in the move was being part of a new project at the San Siro, funded by Erick Thohir and with the goal being to get the club back to the top of European football.
Vidic continued: "Italy is different to English football, but certainly won't be easy in Italy.
"I was shown the project at Inter and I am happy.
"They explained the ideas at the club and the way the club is moving, how the club works, and what they are trying to do.
"It seemed very similar to the structure at Manchester United. Erick Thohir wants to build a project and isn't looking at just the next six months.
"The clubs I have been at before, such as Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow, I have always been part of new projects.
"And In my career I have always chosen clubs which are moving forward, and I hope to achieve at Inter what I achieved at United."
Inter Milan's situation in frightenly similar to Manchester United's with the club having fallen from grace rapidly and is now struggling to compete in a heavily-weighted league.
Juventus have dominated Serie A for the last three years while AS Roma look set to play understudy for years to come. However, under Indonesian billionaire Thohir, it looks as though Inter will be vaulted back to the top.
For Vidic, the slower pace of the game in Serie A will help to keep his career going long into his thirties and, even if he wins no more silverware in his career, has probably made the right decision.