No reason was given at first for Nemanja Vidic’s absence from the group of players travelling to Kuala Lumpur for the pre-season tour today, leading to whispers that he could be leaving.

Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck will also miss out.

It is believed that an ankle injury has lead to Vidic being ruled out and his agent, Paulo Fabbri, insists our defender is not moving clubs.

“No, no no no no no,” insisted Fabbri said. “Not at all. Absolutely not at all. There is absolutely no transfer for Vidic. And, we do not expect any transfer for the time being. No he will stay for sure.”

Travelling squad: Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Ben Foster; Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Fabio da Silva; Nani, Zoran Tosic, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs; Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda, Wayne Rooney.