According to the latest statements attributed to the representative of established Manchester United defender, club captain and five-time Premier League winner Nemanja Vidic, the 32-year-old will not be extending the terms of his current contract so that he is free to join another club - and the Serbian has no shortage of suitors.
Because of the enhancing age of what had, for a half-decade been United's traditional centre back pairing Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, the replacing of one of the great Premier League defensive pairings was long on the cards for David Moyes as he looks to move away from Sir Alex Ferguson's shadow and create his own side.
However, the following revelation from Silvano Martina; the agent of Vidic, indicates that Moyes will have to find a replacement for Vidic sooner, rather than later.
The centre back has competed in 18 matches in all competitions this season (inclusive of Community Shield), is valued at £13m by transfermarkt.co.uk but is only bound to Old Trafford until June 30, the expiration date of his £90,000 per week contract.
'Vidic is a very good player and will have no trouble finding a new club,' Martina told Radio CRC. 'For the time being we are remaining calm. However, at the moment, I would rule out an extension with Manchester United.'
Vidic may well end up in Serie A. Earlier in the season his name was linked with table-topping Juventus, as striker Carlos Tevez was alleged to have implored Nemanja to join him in Turin. Napoli, slightly off-pace in the running for this year's Scudetto but still third in the division, have also been associated with the Serb.
'Vidic, given his contract situation, has several teams looking at him. Napoli? At the moment there has been no contact. Thanks to the management of [President] De Laurentiis and [sporting director] Bigon, they are one of the best clubs in Europe.'
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