Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is set to quit the club, with the defender having admitted that he will leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.
32-year-old Vidic joined the Red Devils from Rusisan outfit Spartak Moscow in 2006 and has been one of the most dominant defenders in the Premier League during that time.
However, with his current deal up during the summer, the Serbian international clearly feels it is the right time to move on - although it comes just a day after speculation suggested he was furious at being left in limbo over his contract situation at Old Trafford.
“It’s the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here, he was quoted by the Daily Star.
"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."
In news that is sure to come as at least some consolation to Manchester United fans who may be feeling a touch disgruntled by Vidic's impending departure, he has at least moved to assure them that he will not be seeking to stay in England.
"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," he added.
The loss of Vidic is sure to divide opinion among supporters, with many believing that his best years are firmly in the past while others evidently still believe that, in a season where David Moyes' side have been woefully fragile in defence, he still has a lot to offer with his leadership and experience.
Just where the former Red Star Belgrade may move to after leaving Manchester United is also a matter of intrigue.
If reports from the last few days are to be believed, then there is strong interest in his signature in Serie A, with Juventus, AC Milan and Inter all keen to sign him.
Wealthy Ligue 1 side Monaco are also credited with an interest in Vidic.
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