Vidic tour absence could be opportunity to start new contract talks

Nemanja Vidic’s absence from the first leg of Manchester United’s pre-season tour provides them with a perfect opportunity to clarify his future.

Vidic has not travelled with the rest of the United squad because of a sciatic nerve problem which has kept him in Manchester, as he undergoes treatment.

The fact he’s stayed behind has sparked wild rumours that Vidic is surplus to requirements in the eyes of David Moyes and that he could be sold to any one of the top sides linked with him.

However, that seems ridiculous and very hard to believe and in fact United now have a brief period of time where they can begin negotiations with their captain over a deal which could keep him at the club for the rest of his career.

Vidic’s current deal expires this time next year, which means sorting out a new deal for the Serbian is one of the most important issues that Moyes has to get sorted.

While Moyes has travelled with the rest of the United squad for their pre-season tour, it’s not impossible that officials at United could start negotiations with Vidic’s representatives to effectively save time and eradicate even the smallest chance that he could leave.

Whether United want to put him on a one-year rolling deal or offer him a long contract is another matter, the point is they need to eradicate any chance that he could be tempted into leaving the club.

So much of pre-season is taken up by the fitness coaches, as they try to get players match fit that it can sometimes become very difficult to get through the lengthy process of talks over a new contract before the start of a season.

United are also a huge commercial brand which means overseas pre-season tours also take up a huge chunk of time, which could be used trying to get key players signed on in the boardroom.

The point is that United have been presented with an opportunity created by Vidic’s nerve problem, that gives them that window of opportunity where he’s not doing much else.

That could save the club a lot of legwork halfway into the season and it could save the manager a lot of stress, because Moyes needs to be focused on the football, not on the possibility that his best defender could leave the club for free in the summer.

It’s effectively a chance to fast track the issue and take advantage of a pocket of time that wouldn’t be available if Vidic had been on the plane along with everyone else.

Should a new deal for Vidic be the club’s main priority?

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