Nemanja Vidic will not be leaving Manchester United for AC Milan at the end of the season, according to his agent.
The Serbia centre-back turned in arguably his worst performance in United colours since his £7million arrival from Spartak Moscow in January 2006 in last Saturday’s 4-1 humbling by fiercest rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Vidic was at fault for a Fernando Torres equaliser and capped a miserable afternoon when he was sent off for wrestling Steven Gerrard to the ground in the second half.
However, his commanding displays at the heart of manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s rearguard this season, significantly when fellow mainstay Rio Ferdinand was sidelined because of a back injury, have put him in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award along with team-mate Ryan Giggs.
Vidic raised the prospect of quitting the Premier League leaders last August when he complained about the English culture and the historically inclement Manchester weather.
The 27-year-old added he wanted to “test myself in another top league”, although he later insisted he had been misquoted.
AC Milan have been linked with a summer move for Vidic as they look to return to the glory days of yesteryear, while Jose Mourinho, manager of rivals Internazionale, is a known admirer.
However, Vidic’s Italian representative, Silvano Martina, told Calciomercato: “He plays for Manchester United and is not on the market. He is an unquestionable starter for the Red Devils.
“There’s no way an Italian club could sign him. They don’t have the means, and he is happy at Manchester.
“He is European and world champion, as a consequence, moving away could only be a step backward.
“Twice he was close to moving to Italy, once to Fiorentina and then to Inter.”
This article written by Nick Walsh, who writes features and betting previews for Betfair.