Nemanja Vidic's agent has laughed off suggestions that the defender has agreed to rejoin Manchester United in the January transfer window.
A report in the Daily Star claimed that the former Red Devils captain was set to make a shock return to Old Trafford only six months after quitting for Inter Milan. Life in Serie A has got off to a poor start for the Serbian and it was claimed Roberto Mancini wanted his big wages off the books.
With Louis van Gaal looking for experience in defence, Vidic would have been the perfect short-term option. The 33-year-old is used to the rigours of the Premier League and is obviously familiar with life at Manchester United.
However, Silvano Martina, agent of Vidic, says there is no truth to suggestions that Vidic has agreed to make the switch. Instead, he insisted there was no chance of the centre-back leaving the San Siro in January, just six months into a three-year deal.
"There's almost no point in commenting the nonsense being spread"
He is quoted in The Express as saying, sarcastically: "Yes, he's already training with the Red Devils.
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"It's all just stories. Vidic has a three-year deal with Inter and he's not moving from Milan.
"There's almost no point in commenting the nonsense being spread and I don't even see for what reason the lad would be accosted to other teams. There's been little respect for the player I represent, not by Inter, but by the press.
"As soon as the Nerazzurri got a couple of games wrong, the Press didn't think twice before attacking Vidic, pointing fingers at him as the only one worthy of blame.
"I'll say this again - he's not moving from Inter."
A number of high profile mistakes has dented Vidic's reputation in Serie A since he arrived in the summer on a free transfer. In the end, it was these mistakes coupled with a change of manager, which threatened to bring a premature end to his career in Milan.
With Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo all spending at least a month out with injuries, it seemed a deal for Vidic would help solve Van Gaal's defensive concerns at least until the summer, where he is expected to chase major targets such as Mats Hummels.