Report - Italian paper says United aren't interested in renewing Vidic's contract

Italian newspaper Tuttosport has claimed that Manchester United aren’t interested in extending Nemanja Vidic’s contract.

The Serbian defender’s current deal expires next summer and Italian giants Juventus are one of the teams that have been rumoured as a possible future destination.

A report in the Italian press now claims the Old Lady are getting into a position where they could either move for the player this January or try to sign him on a free contract next year.

“Juventus has followed the defender in the past and in the summer, seeing that the practices of renewal between Nemanja Vidic and Manchester United is not taking off, their attention has been alerted,” reads a translated version of the report.

However, worry not United fans because there are a lot of holes in this rumour.

Firstly, Tuttosport are well known for glorifying the big Italian sides that have rich and deep histories in Italian football and they don’t have a concrete reputation when it comes to transfer rumours.

Vidic will be 32-years-old by the time his deal expires next summer, he’s obviously not a spring chicken but he’s by no means over the hill and no longer of any value to United at all.

He’s become an icon at Old Trafford, a captain who wears his heart on his sleeve, willing to do anything to get a vital clearance or header in to ease the pressure over his side.

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Why United and Vidic would suddenly drop the positive relationship they share together is a mystery.

Vidic’s current status in the United first team is enhanced by the fact that Rio Ferdinand is even older than him.

Eventually Ferdinand is going to have to retire and step out of the side and Vidic’s presence will therefore become even more important.

If United lose both of them within a very short period of time, it will be a hammer blow to the current first team and squad because they will be losing a lot of experience and quality.

Another reason for the delay in getting a new deal sorted for Vidic could simply be that David Moyes and the player himself don’t see it as a pressing issue.

That would suggest when the talks naturally come around, it will be a formality for all parties concerned to each an agreement which they agree upon.

Whether that happens in the next few weeks or next May doesn’t really matter.

It’s a fairly similar situation to the current speculation surrounding the future of youngster Adnan Januzaj, with Moyes saying after the win at Sunderland he’s not thinking about the youngster’s future, more than likely because he’s not worried about the possibility of losing him.

United and Moyes are not naïve. It would be a massive surprise if Vidic is allowed to walk away from the club without even talk over a new deal.

What do you think United fans? Do you expect Vidic to sign a new deal?

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