Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will join Inter Milan in the summer, the Serie A giants have confirmed.
The 32-year-old confirmed his intentions of leaving the club last month and now Inter have confirmed that Vidic has signed for them, though they did not reveal the length of contract as yet.
“Vidic is a world-class player,” Inter president Erick Thohir told his club’s website. I’m extremely happy to have completed this deal to bring Nemanja to Milan.
“He’s one of the world’s best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree and charisma will be an asset to the team and help bring through our younger players.
“He will bring added value to the club and is another piece of the great Inter side we are building.”
The Serbian joined Manchester United in 2006 and during his eight-and-a-half year stay at the club, he has made over 200 appearances and has won five Premier League titles and one Champions League.
In truth Vidic has has been angling for a move away from United for a few years now – his first attempt was rewarded with the captaincy and a bumper contract but like double bets at the Cheltenham races, the same trick does’t work all the time. This time around the board seems to have called his bluff and decided to explore other options.
The Serbian joined United from Spartak Moscow for a reported fee of £7m and forged a strong defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Vidic was a key member of the side that won three consecutive Premier League titles between 2007-2009 and reached two Champions League finals during that period.
In the 2008/09 campaign Vidic was ever-present during their record-breaking run of 14 consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League. However, he suffered series of injuries in his latter years at the club, including a ruptured cruciate knee ligaments against Basel in 2011.
Inter Milan, like Manchester United, are almost certain to miss the Champions League spot this season, as they trail third placed Napoli by 11 points.