The bedrock of the Manchester United back four only has one-year left to run on his current contract and by the time his current deal expires he’ll be at the ripe old age of 32-years-old.
David Moyes has a problem because on the one hand, Vidic is arguably the most important defender for the club and on the other hand, he needs to start looking forward and contemplating how to replace the great Serbian.
Vidic has a history of knee problems, in fact it was a knee injury which kept him out for two months last season between September and November.
The problem Moyes faces is whether Vidic will be willing to accept a one-year rolling deal, enjoyed by other United players, or whether he will be looking for the security of a longer contract at the club.
Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand are the two names that come to mind in terms of current players on one-year rolling deals and that was also the sort of contract enjoyed by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fortunately they are players who would be able to eradicate any fears Vidic has over committing from longer deals to very short term ones as a Manchester United player.
It’s purely down to Vidic and seeing how much he loves the club, if he can stay fit and play well a contract extension towards the end of the season shouldn’t be a problem.
United are heading into the unknown, an unknown where they need their best players to stay fit and perform consistently because it’s not going to be a completely smooth transition from the Ferguson era into the Moyes one.
Vidic’s injury problems, his age and the fact he only has one-year left on his current deal are the only reasons he’s been linked with moves to AC Milan and Bayern Munich this summer.
There is no dispute between him and the club, which is what makes offering him the right new contract so important.
It would be different if Vidic was at odds with the manager or didn’t want to play for the club because then it would be justifiable to give him a little push out of the exit door.
United and Moyes would be well advised to go to him and offer him whatever he wants to stay at the club because United look like a considerably stronger team with him putting himself on the line at vital moments.
It would be a shame if United let his current deal wind down, enabling him to leave for nothing next summer but Moyes surely won’t let that happen. Would he?
Do you foresee any contractual problems?
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