The announcement of a new deal for the Old Trafford warhorse is great news for the club.
Manchester United central defender Nemanja Vidic has agreed a new “long-term” contract at the Premier League club, says chief executive David Gill.
Vidic, 28, joined United in 2006 for £7m from Spartak Moscow and has been a mainstay of the side ever since.
The Serbia international had been rumoured to be leaving United with Real Madrid reportedly interested.
Gill told MUTV: “We’ve shaken hands on it and we’re confident it will all be signed and sealed in early August.”
Vidic’s decision to stay at United is a huge boost for the club considering fellow central defender Rio Ferdinand’s injury problems.
Ferdinand is recovering from the knee injury that ruled him out of the 2010 World Cup and which will see him miss the start of the domestic season.
The England captain was also plagued by back and groin problems last season, limiting his involvement.
During his four years at United, Vidic has won the Premier League three times, as well as the Champions League and three League Cup medals.
“There was a lot of speculation about Nemanja’s future but in my view it’s been the media drumming some old stories,” added Gill.
“They certainly didn’t come out of the Manchester United camp and I’m confident they didn’t come out of Nemanja’s camp.
“It’s great news for Manchester United and great news for Nemanja and the fans.” (BBC Sport)
With Real Madrid said to be hounding Manchester United once again in the search of top notch players from Old Trafford the news that the Serbian international has signed a new extension to his contract at the club is excellent news indeed.
Some had speculated that the 28 year old was considering his options and during the World Cup there were reports that suggested he was interested in a move to the La Liga giants, reports that were not helped by rather ambiguous statements made by Vidic’s agent.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be pleased to have nipped this issue in the bud before the coming season and he can now set about the task of getting Wayne Rooney to sign a new deal, something that chief executive David Gill
say’s its next on his agenda.
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