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Vidic: Inter one of the biggest clubs… like United

Nemanja Vidic was unveiled as an Inter Milan player earlier today after agreeing to sign for them back in January.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it has won the Champions League and many domestic trophies,” said Vidic. “It is a new project of the club and new owner, I like the idea of joining inter and I am sure I made the right choice. I spoke to Dejan Stankovic, he was full of support for the club and people around it. Hopefully, I will keep the Serbian tradition at the club. I also spoke to players I know who have played in Italy and they said it would be a good move for me.”

Vidic was asked whether he thought moving from the Premier League to Serie A was a step down, but he doesn’t think so. Last season, Inter Milan finished 5th in the league, 42 points behind champions Juventus.

“I almost came to Italy 12 years ago, some people say this, but I don’t think it is a step down, I think Italian football is suited to the way I play, and I am going to one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he continued. “A few clubs are in transition and some are not where they want to be, but they are moving forward. Italy is different to English football, but certainly won’t be easy in Italy. I was shown the project at Inter and I am happy. They explained the ideas at the club and the way the club is moving, how the club works, and what they are trying to do. It seemed very similar to the structure at Manchester United. Erick Thohir wants to build a project and isn’t looking at just the next six months. The clubs I have been at before, such as Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow, I have always been part of new projects. And In my career I have always chosen clubs which are moving forward, and I hope to achieve at Inter what I achieved at United.”

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  1. The One says:

    No Vida, Man United’s the biggest club in the world and inter’s definitely no where compared to United in terms of fan base and stature, period!!

  2. John says:

    This Legend was let go by moyes. :(

    And….we are desperate for Vermaleen. :(

  3. wayne barker says:

    he wanted to move on Moyes tried to sign him to a extension that came direct from his agent,6th paragraph down,why do posters write comments with no truth to them?

    Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is not expected to sign a new contract with the Premier League champions but won’t be moving to Napoli, his agent has said.

    With Napoli coach Rafa Benitez looking to strengthen his team’s central defensive options, Vidic has been linked with a switch to the Serie A club.

    Benitez recently ruled out a move for Chelsea’s David Luiz, and Vidic’s agent Silvano Martina has moved to quash reports that his client was now a target for Napoli.

    Martina told Italy’s Radio Crc that Vidic “wants to finish the season with Manchester United” but also suggested it is unlikely he will remain at Old Trafford beyond this time.

    “He’s a regular [at United] and the only reason he’s not been playing is because of a small head injury,” Martina said. “There has not been any contact with Napoli, and I don’t think anything will come of that. The player’s contract is up for renewal, but Napoli have not contacted me.

    “Manchester United have already offered him an extension and there are lots of clubs approaching him, but he wants to finish the season at Manchester United – and then we’ll see.

    “He’s a very big player and he’ll not have any problems finding a new club. For the moment, we’re remaining calm because the situation could change from one moment to the next. However, at the moment, I feel I can rule out him signing an extension with the Red Devils.”

  4. Tommy says:


    He has to say good things infront of the media, talk what he says with a pinch of salt. Inter is a big club in their own right but they are no where near Uniteds level. that being said he will do well over in the slow paced game for a couple of years, easy money for the lad, as for winning what hes won at united at inter, ive got more chance of winning the lottery.

  5. wayne barker says:

    Vidic just saying the right thing he knows Italy is a toss off league and realizes can extend his career,in the Prem would always struggle to play one game a week,don’t blame him nicer weather and a easy league to retire in

  6. Tommy says:


    John still wont believe you mate even though it came from his agents mouth, Vida was just looking for one last pay day in the twighlight of his career

  7. The One says:

    @Tommy, yup haha, I realised it the moment I posted it, too fast with the trigger; I guess my emotions got the better of me this time. :)

  8. John says:

    The Serbian admits the squad bickered often this season, while he stopped short of criticising the Scot’s style even though the players were uncomfortable with his approach.

    “We argued amongst ourselves,” Vidic told the Daily Telegraph. “This year more than any other, because when you have bad times, people show they care.

    “We are still friends, but we were arguing to get better. We wanted to improve.

    “We could say those things to each other because we have been together for so long, but it hurt.

    “If you didn’t argue, it would not be right. We had some hard moments in the dressing room between ourselves.”

    “There was a transition,” Vidic continued. “You get someone who sees football in a different way and he will want to put his stamp on the team and the way he wants to play.”

    “I am not saying that the David Moyes way was bad, but these players feel more comfortable playing a certain way of football. You have to respect where you are and what you represent, though, and there is no point speaking about someone who was here, who everyone knows lost his job because he did not succeed in doing what he wanted to achieve.”

    07/02/2014 12:10, Report by Adam Marshall
    Boss: Time right for Vida

    Manchester United boss David Moyes has revealed a mutual decision was reached for Nemanja Vidic to leave at the end of the season.
    The much-respected captain’s contract is due to expire in the summer and he has announced that he will be moving abroad.

    “It was something we mutually agreed together,” explained Moyes. “Me and Nemanja. I think it was the right decision for both the club and the player.

    “What I discussed with him will remain private but he has been a brilliant servant and captain for Manchester United. He is captain and will remain captain until the end of the season. He has been a great player for us and we will continue to play him.”

    Moyes explained he has no issues with the timing of the announcement nor any worries about retaining somebody who is definitely leaving.

    “I think people know that I’ve got things in my mind that I want to do and things I wanted to change in time.”

  9. John says:

    And….RVP would have left this summer too if moyes was in charge!! :(

  10. wayne barker says:

    Doesn’t change the fact that Utd offered Vidic a extension and he didn’t want it don’t see the point in why those comments were even posted.Vidic’s AGENT stated a extension was offered but Vidic wanted to move on.The story starts and ends there.

  11. John says:

    And… was same Vidic who showed contract offered to him by a Spanish giant to Sir Alex and instead signed an extension with United. :(

    Unfortunately little late for LVG to block the move and talk to Vidic. :(

    Moyes was something else. :(

    Turkey deserves to be a Turkey in Turkey till another beautiful sack.

  12. John says:

    Nemanja Vidic is regarded by Manchester United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, as a key player in defence. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

    Andy Hunter in New York
    Thursday 22 July 2010 22.30 BST

    Manchester United are to offer Nemanja Vidic a contract extension that will place him among the highest earners at Old Trafford.

    Vidic’s position at United has been in doubt, with his agent indicating the 28-year-old is open to a move to Spain or Italy. Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking after the club’s pre-season friendly against Philadelphia Union yesterday, admitted he could offer no guarantees on the defender’s future. “I can’t clarify it at all,” the United manager said.

    Real Madrid are among several clubs linked with the commanding centre-half this year, and Ferguson went only so far as to say “I believe so” when asked if Vidic will still be a Manchester United player next season.

    United officials, however, mindful of the damaging repercussions should Vidic leave a club plagued by injuries in defence last season, hope to end the uncertainty by securing the Serb on an extended contract. The former Spartak Moscow defender, signed for £7m by United in 2006, has two years remaining on his £70,000-a-week deal and there is a feeling within Old Trafford that his agent is angling for improved terms.

    Irony is United pay more than 100k wages for Ashley Young type player but drag all over for someone like Vidic and emerging talent like Pogba. :(

  13. Tommy says:


    Have you any evidence how much ashley Young is earning? Plus I am pretty sure vida has not went out and declaired how much money he is on either, its sheer guess work

  14. John says:

    Manchester United Players Salary List 2013-2014

    Louis Van Gaal Salary – £5.6 Million
    Ben Amos 22 £10k 2 years
    Paul Scholes 38 £60k Retired
    Darren Fletcher 29 £80k 2 years
    Anders Lindegaard 28 £40k 3 years
    Ryan Giggs 39 £75k 1 years
    Patrice Evra 31 £90k 1 years
    Rio Ferdinand 34 £100k 1 years
    Nemanja Vidic 31 £120k 1 years
    Juan Mata (new) 25 £130k 4 years
    Nick Powell 19 £5k 3 years
    Chris Smalling 23 £50k 3 years
    Jonny Evans 25 £65k 3 years
    Rafael da Silva 22 £50k 3 years
    Michael Carrick 31 £80k 1 years
    Ashley Young 27 £118k 3 years
    Antonio Valencia 27 £70k 2 years
    Nani 26 £90k 1 years
    Wilfried Zaha 20 £35k 5 years
    Marouane Fellaini 28 £80k 4 years
    Adnan Januzaj 18 £40K – £50K 5 years (contract Extension)
    Tom Cleverley 23 £40k 2 years
    David de Gea 22 £70k 3 years
    Danny Welbeck 22 £75k 3 years
    Phil Jones 21 £50k 3 years
    Javier Hernandez 24 £75k 3 years
    Shinji Kagawa 24 £80k 3 years
    Wayne Rooney (new) 27 £300k 5 years (contract Extension)
    Robin van Persie 29 £200k 3 years
    Alexander Buttner 24 £15k 4 years

  15. steven jackson says:

    Lol at Ashley Young… Cleverley is even a bigger joke

  16. mjcRED says:

    Unbelievable, how the fuck has cashless young found himself amongst the top five earners at United? This guy HAS to be the first shipped shipped out. Ahead of Fellaini, Anderson, Nani and Cleverley!

    Vidal, Hummels, Di Maria and Martins-indi would put us back on the right track to being feared and respected once again.


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