Man Utd may have just made their most important signing yet – and he is no young prospect from South America, nor is he a continental passer of the ball from Europe’s top leagues. No, he is a lot more than that to the Old Trafford faithful, and the reason he is more than that is because he is already at the club.
Nemanja Vidic has signalled his intent to stay with Manchester United after speculation broke out that the Serbian could be on his way out of the North West and towards sunnier climbs.
Juventus are the club being mentioned most in association with the 29-year-old’s name, and despite him having three years left on his deal with the club, Silvano Martina – Vidic’s agent – has spoken out on the issue and insists he is going nowhere.
When asked what his client had said when told of the interest abroad, Martina responded: “(he said)’I am the captain of Manchester United, earning well, I’ve won almost everything … Why should I go to Italy right now, when Italian football is going through a turbulent period?’”
“This response removes any doubt about where his future lies – he stays where he is.”
The news will be music to the ears of United who came to rely on Vidic as the cornerstone of the team in the absence of Rio Ferdinand. The sight of him marshalling Chris Smalling at the back all season endeared him to the crowd, while his tough tackling no nonsense approach along with his consistency should have been recognised with a PFA award at the end of the season.
The fact Man Utd were able to concede only four goals in the Champions League before meeting Barcelona in the final (a game where Vidic excelled once more) was largely down to the former Spartak Moscow player as he stayed strong at the heart of a water-tight defensive line.
Now, with Vidic staying to ensure another defensively sound season, boss Sir Alex Ferguson can concentrate on improving his attacking options as he looks to close the gap at the top between his side and Barcelona.