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Nemanja Vidic to exit Manchester United at end of season

He told United’s website:  “I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United.

“I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies. However, I have decided I will move on at the end of this season. I want to challenge myself again.”

Vidic, whose £7m move to Old Trafford from Spartak Moscow was announced on Christmas Day 2005, captained United to their historic 20th top-flight title last season – his fifth and the last under Sir Alex Ferguson.

He also helped United win the Champions League in 2008, secured by a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in Moscow, as well as three League Cups.

But a cruciate knee ligament injurysuffered against Basel in a Champions League tie in December 2011 ruled Vidic out for the remainder of that season, while knee surgery the following year kept him out of the side for three months.

Vidic has made 40 appearances in the Premier League since the start of the 2011-12 season, and has just served a three-match ban following his sixth red card for United in their recent defeat to Chelsea.

His central defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand was an important part of United’s success during his time at Old Trafford, but fitness problems for both have meant the most recent of the pair’s six starts together this season was in the goalless draw with Real Sociedad in November.

“I have had eight wonderful years here,” added Vidic, who has made 201 Premier League appearances.

“My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.

“I will certainly never forget that fantastic night in Moscow, memories that will live with me and the fans for ever.”


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